Three years after multiple bombings killed more than 260 people on Easter and lingering questions remain about those behind the attacks, Pope Francis appealed to Sri Lankan authorities to shed light on what happened.
Pope Francis called on world leaders to aid the people of Haiti as the country continues to descend into chaos due to widespread violence, economic instability and natural disasters.
Despite rising extremism, two missionary priests in Southeast Asia believe that anti-Christian persecution has “strengthened the prophetic role of church.”
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has finally won a concession from Sri Lanka’s government after widespread criticism of the investigation into the deadly Easter Sunday attacks.
St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Sri Lanka was re-consecrated on July 21, three months after it was severely damaged by bombings on Easter Sunday.
In recent weeks, all of us have been horrified by the incomprehensible acts of violence perpetrated by terrorists and others who have taken the lives of innocent people, young and old alike. Suicide bombings in Sri Lanka took place on Easter Sunday as Christians gathered together to celebrate the Risen Lord. Six days later, a gunman opened fire on Jewish people in a San Diego synagogue. These acts challenge the faith of all good people.Nevertheless, the hand of God was seen in the actions of some who have responded to the occasion with courage and goodness.
Dear Editor: It is astonishing some commentators have called the people in the Sri Lanka Easter massacre ‘Easter Worshippers’ (“Easter Attacks on Churches in Sri Lanka Are Tragic, but Hardly Surprising,” April 27).
The cardinal traveled to the fishing village of Negombo, where more than 1,000 people gathered to mourn the dead in a service he led. The cardinal said at least 110 people were killed at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo.
There’s now an ugly and utterly predictable dynamic on Easter Sunday: Somewhere in the world, full churches will be attacked and some number of Christians will die.
By Anto Akkara MAKOLA, Sri Lanka (CNS) – When Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a prominent Buddhist temple in Colombo Jan. 14, the head of the Maha Bodhi Society of Sri Lanka reciprocated by showing the pope historical relics of Buddhas’ disciples, normally exposed only for the annual Buddhist feast in May. “The […]