Work to build a giant artificial Christmas tree has been abandoned in Sri Lanka after objections from the island’s top Roman Catholic clergyman.
Scrap metal and wood were being used to build the tree, intended to be 100m (328ft) tall in the capital Colombo.
Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Ranjith’s objection, more than three months after work began, called for the money to be spent on charity work instead.
While fewer than 10% of Sri Lankans are Christians, Christmas remains popular.
The tree was being built on the esplanade in Colombo. The idea to use recycled material came from a minister and former national…