Colombo, Sri Lanka, Apr 21, 2019 / 11:40 am
Religious and civil leaders have responded with condolences, prayer, and calls for justice after several explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds more on Easter Sunday.
Calling it "a very, very sad day for all of us," Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, canceled all remaining Easter Masses for the day in the Colombo district.
He expressed his "deepest sorrow and sympathy to all those innocent families that have lost someone, and also to those who have been injured and rendered destitute," Vatican News reported.
"I condemn – to the utmost of my capacity – this act that has caused so much death and suffering to the people," Ranjith said. He called for a strong and impartial inquiry to find those responsible for the attacks.