News in Brief : Sri Lankan Catholics mark 1,000 days since bombings

The Sri Lankan Catholic Church held a 1,000th-day commemoration of the Easter Sunday attack by demanding truth and justice for the victims.

Jan 14, 2022

Catholic priests protest outside the Criminal Investigation Department in Colombo demanding fair investigations into the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka on Nov. 22, 2021. (Photo: AFP)


COLOMBO:
The Sri Lankan Catholic Church held a 1,000th-day commemoration of the Easter Sunday attack by demanding truth and justice for the victims.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had requested priests, nuns and laymen to gather at the National Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Tewatta, at 10.00am on January 14.

The national prayer of supplication was held under the theme Lord, let my cry come to you. Attackers targeted three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, 2019, killing at least 279 people including 37 foreign nationals and injuring at least 500.

Speaking on Jan 8 at an online seminar with Sri Lankans living in Europe, Cardinal Ranjith reiterated his suspicion about electoral considerations during the presidential polls leading to the Easter Sunday terrorist attack.

Referring to the findings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, he wondered if “the attack was allowed to gain the votes of the people by knowingly concealing information. Officials and politicians are responsible for the attack. Those in power here are trying to cover this up.” — ucanews.com

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