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One year after Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, priest demands perpetrators be brought to trial


“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.”

At one-year anniversary of Sri Lanka bombings, Christians have forgiven perpetrators


“‘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.”

Provide Counseling to Trauma Victims in Sri Lanka


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.

Christians disappearing from Syria, Iraq—a call for global intervention


“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.

ACN co-sponsors UN event on religious persecution


“I ran towards the church and saw dead bodies strewn across the floor. There were many body parts hands, heads, legs and hands, moistening church floor with blood. There was lamentation and screaming of the people looking for loved ones. Such a horrible sight.”

ACNUSA’s ‘Night of Witness’ focused on plight of persecuted Christians in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Pakistan


He also recalled how 17 years ago, he narrowly escaped death, when young Muslim extremists put a gun to his head: “I felt the cold nozzle of a .45 caliber pistol at the back of my head. Then I heard ‘click.’ Miraculously, the weapon jammed.”

ACN supports ‘healing for the wounds of the heart’ for bombing victims in Sri Lanka


To provide for their needs, the Archdiocese of Colombo has set up a team of 40 certified trauma therapists. They provide psychological care for grieving, injured and other severely traumatized people.

Sri Lanka bombings hurt people of all faiths


“THE PEOPLE HERE are good, but the government is bad.” This is the opinion of a Buddhist taxi driver. It’s a view is one widely …

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Christians in Sri Lanka are still in a state of shock


Many Christians are severely traumatized and reluctant to go inside a church: “Many told me that they are afraid to enter a church at the moment or feel fear when they hear the bells ring.”

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Words of Comfort and Hope

“This brief note is to let you know that we, the monks in Sri Lanka, are praying for the whole world every day from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm before the Blessed Sacrament. And as we pray for the whole world, we have not forgotten you at ACN; you and your loved ones are also remembered in a special way. We pray that the Good Lord may protect you, your loved ones from this pandemic as we believe in a God who is good.”