Sri Lanka, September, 7th , 2017 (UCAN). The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has launched an online local Sinhala language service for Radio Veritas.

The online service was launched on Aug. 24 in Colombo by Bishop Winston Fernando, president of the Sri Lankan Catholic bishops’ conference.

The online service adds to the Sinhala service of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a multi-language platform that is realizing the mission of crossing borders and sharing Christ through Gospel values to the people of Asia.

The Sinhala language is one of Radio Veritas’ oldest services, launched in 1976 and continues to spread the Good News, binding together not only Sri Lankans nationwide, but all over Asia.

RVA programs are a vital source of support for Catholics who were isolated from the physical community of the church.

Pope Pius XII had the idea of establishing a permanent Catholic radio station in Asia but it was Pope John XXIII who implemented the idea. Radio Veritas Asia was established on April 11, 1969 and two months later the Mandarin Service began its initial broadcast. Pope John Paul II in 1999 referred to Radio Veritas as an "excellent instrument of mission."