The government has said the suspects were released due to a lack of evidence, but Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, as well as friends and family of the victims, have said they fear the release points to corruption.
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Sri Lankan Catholics told the Register that the cardinal’s act of forgiveness, expressed at Easter Mass on April 12, is only one aspect of the process that is needed to ward off renewed religious violence.
Nine suicide bombers targeted two Catholic churches, one evangelical church and three hotels on April 19, 2019, killing an estimated 259 people and injuring more than 500.
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COMMENTARY: Among the children killed in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, those slain on the day of their first Holy Communion have become the most poignant icons of the attacks.
Father Jude Fernando of St. Anthony’s Parish in Colombo speaks with Lauren Ashburn on EWTN News Nightly about the Easter Sunday bombings at his church.
Reports that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the multiple massacres increase the concerns.
After a day of mourning, many of the victims have been identified, and all have stories to be shared.
‘We never expected these kind of attacks on our communities worshipping in our Church,’ Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told the Register.
The Indian Ocean island nation was profoundly moved by the Pope’s three-day visit earlier this month.