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“At first the responsibility was laid at the feet of the Islamic community, but now there are elements that point to a political plot, with connections between certain political groups and the extremists who set off the bombs.”
“They knew beforehand from information they had gathered and also from warnings given by the Indian intelligence services, but they did nothing. In fact, the government seems to have done its best to prevent the arrest of the attackers.”
The Rosarians were Asia’s first contemplative male religious congregation. They were established in 1928 by Father Bastiampillai Anthonipillai Thomas, who was born in a village …
“We feel as if we are betrayed. Just to arouse the emotions of the people, the representatives of the government say something about the investigations [into the bombings]. It is only a good slogan for the next election.”
“‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,’ and throughout the past year, every Sunday, [our seminarians] have repeated these same words… Yes, we can indeed say that we have forgiven the terrorists.”
At one-year anniversary of Easter 2019 bombings, Sri Lankan cardinal says faithful ‘loved those enemies who killed us’
“We had pity on them and asked them not to repeat such things. We have taught them that lesson, not hating anyone in any way. This is what civilization means and that is the Resurrection.”
The morning of Easter Sunday 2019 will haunt Sri Lanka forever. On that day, a series of suicide attacks in three Christian churches and three hotels claimed about 300 lives and injured 500 more.
“Persecuted & Forgotten?” warns that the Church in the region could vanish if radical Islamists were to mount another attack on vulnerable communities—a threat highlighted by reports of jihadists escaping prison, as a result of renewed violence in northeastern Syria.