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Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Ratnapura

Diocese of Ratnapura

Ratnapura  +94777656954 

The history of Catholics in Ratnapura begins with Portuguese rule in Ratnapura. Very few Catholics lived in the town in the 17th century. Many of them are the descendants of Portuguese and locals that they married. There is evidence to suggest that the Portuguese built a church on top of a destroyed Buddhist temple. That Portuguese church was destroyed when the Kandyan kingdom recaptured Ratnapura from the Portuguese. The current church was built in a different location along the Main Street of Ratnapura (inside the town). The Church building being used now is said to be inspired by Blessed Joseph Vaz the Apostle of Ceylon during the 17th century when he visited Ratnapura as a part of his apostolic mission to Sabaragamuwa. After Sabaragamuwa became a diocese on 2 November 1995 SS. Peter-Paul's Church was raised to the status of the Cathedral of the diocese.

Open Hours
Everyday: 7. 30 am to 6.30 pm

Times of Liturgical Celebrations
Sunday: 6. 30 am- Holy Mass
8. 00 am- Holy Mass
Tuesday: 5.00 pm - Holy Mass
Wednesday: 5. 00 pm - Holy Mass
Friday: 4. 00 pm - 5. 00 pm Holy Hour
5. 00 pm - Holy Mass

Hours for Confession
One Hour before the Holy Mass

Other Information
Ratnapura (Sinhalese: රත්නපුර; Tamil: இரத்தினபுரி) ("City of Gems" in Sinhala and Tamil) is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka and the Ratnapura District.


Cathedral road, Ratnapura , Ratnapura , Sri Lanka