The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka awards suicide bombers on Easter Sunday – Bible Type

The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka awards suicide bombers on Easter Sunday

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A woman stands among the graves of victims of a suicide attack on St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka on April 28, 2019(Photo: Reuters / Athit Perawongmetha)

The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka has forgiven the suicide bombers who killed 259 people in attacks on Easter Sunday 2019.

Suicide bombers launched attacks on three churches and four hotels on April 21, 2019, injuring another 600 people.

In an Easter mass that was broadcast from a television studio due to corona virus restrictions, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the Church "offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us."

"We forgave them," he said.

Father Jude Raj Fernando, the rector of the Shrine of St. Anthony in Kochchikade in Colombo, also has a message of forgiveness a year later.

"Our faith is stronger than their bombs," said Father Judas. "My first words that came out after the explosion were: & # 39; Father forgive them, they don't know what they are doing," he said The tablet.

"I'm still strong because of my belief," he adds.

Easter celebrations in the country have been cautious due to a ban that is slated to slow the spread of the virus.

As Sri Lanka continues to heal, concerns about interreligious relationships remain and new tensions arise regarding the government's handling of the pandemic.

Jehan Perera, executive director of the National Peace Council, which runs peacebuilding programs, told the Guardian: "Covid infects everyone without discrimination. We must not think about these divisions, we must face the problem together.

"If we're not all safe, none of us will be safe, and that's the message Covid brings us a year after the Easter bombs."

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