The Sri Lankan cardinal discussed a wide variety of topics with the Register April 29.
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Meanwhile, activists in the Asian island-nation credit the Catholic Church’s ‘bold and strong stance’ with helping to inspire massive protests against the Sri Lankan government’s management of the country’s economic crisis.
Cardinal Ranjith said there are many survivors who still carry the scars, both physical and emotional, from the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday in 2019.
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.
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.
EDITORIAL: Religious communities are in the crosshairs of extremist forces fueled by grotesque ideologies and personal grievances
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.