The catholic flag of sri lanka was approved by the catholic bishops’ conference of sri lanka in the year 2000. It was blessed and hoisted for the frist time at the premises of the national seminary, kandy.
It is a tri-colour flag of yellow, white and blue. the first two colours yellow and white, are from the papal flag designating the loyalty of the church in sri lanka to the universal catholic church of whitch it forms a part.
On the white background is the image of the historic cross of anuradhapura. It is the most ancient symbol of christianity discovered in sri lanka . This image was found engraved on a pillar believed to be that of a church of that period. The design is belived to have been carved by St.Thomas the apostle during his stay there. It is depicted in blue to signity the deep devotion of the sri lankan catholics to mother mary.
The dutch period was one of bitter persecution for the catholic community in sri lanka. Toward the latter part of this persecution catholic priests of the oratorian congregation of goa, came in stealthily and ministered to the catholics. One of these priests, by the name of antonio, disguied himself as a merchant and ministered secretly to the catholic sin colombo. the dutch having discovered this sought to apprehend him.
The priest fled north along the seashore. on his way he met some fishmen and begged them to protect him. they agreed and helped him, but requested that he in turn pray to god that the sea erosion menacing them be stopped since it interfered with their boats and laying of nets.
The priest erected a cross at the spot and prayed fervently on his knees. the sea receded over 100 yards and the beach surfaced. in thaksgiving he built near the cross, a small chapel with the help of the people, and named it after his patron saint anthony, the land was later gifted to the church by a dutch governor himself. the church in kochchikade is today the most popular in sri lanka.