Catholic services remain canceled in Sri Lanka following terrorist attacks

Xinhua
Catholic services in churches across Sri Lanka will be cancelled for the second consecutive week on May 5 due to the prevailing security situation.
Xinhua
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Mourners light candles during a vigil in memory of the bomb blast victims in Colombo on April 28, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's churches remained shut on April 28 forcing Christians to say prayers of grief in private over the Easter suicide attacks that the country's Roman Catholic leader called "an insult to humanity".

Catholic services in churches across Sri Lanka will be cancelled for the second consecutive week on May 5 due to the prevailing security situation, the Catholic Archbishop's House said on Thursday.

Father Edmund Tillekeratne, media spokesperson for Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, told Xinhua that the Archbishop had decided to cancel all Sunday services for the second week and people were requested to pray at home.

He said the decision was taken amid the latest security concerns in Sri Lanka.

Church services have come to a halt since the terror attacks on Easter Sunday, which targeted churches and luxury hotels, killing over 250 people and injuring over 500.

Security has remained beefed up across the country since the attacks on April 21 with additional security deployed outside places of worship due to threats of fresh attacks, the police said.

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