FROM THE PAST Portuguese News from Mannar — Conversion to Catholicism

1536
Death of Joao Monteiro first Bishop of Ceylon at Colombo
1544
The RC religion preached at Mannar by missionaries sent by St Francis Xavier at the request of the local people. 600 converts massacred by the King of Jaffnapatnam. His eldest son becomes a Christian and is executed. The second son escapes to Goa before he can be killed. The King of Jaffnapatnam is compelled to pay a yearly tax to the Portuguese.
1545
The Portuguese try to take Mannar from the King of Jaffnapatnam. Later in the year St Francis arrives in Mannar and visits Jaffna. He meets the king whom he persuades to form an alliance with the Portuguese.
1548
St Francis visits Galle, Kandy and other places.
1552
Dec 2 Death of St Francis on the island of Sancian.
1554 Mar 15
His remains are taken to Goa
1560
Mannar ceded to the Portuguese