Politics Who are Sri Lanka's Christians, explained Updated : April 22, 2019 12:14 PM IST It was Portuguese colonialism that opened the door for Roman Catholicism into the island nation. While being Catholic and being Sri Lankan are not considered to be contradictions, Catholicism in Sri Lanka still struggles with its colonial past. Shrines to the Virgin Mary are a common sight on Negombo’s roads along with arches decorated with coconuts, which are the usual markers of a parish festival and procession. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.