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A woman was seen paying tribute to victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attacks at a cemetery in Negombo, Sri Lanka.

Church in Sri Lanka to begin canonization process for hundreds killed in 2019 Easter attack

Feb 5, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The Archdiocese of Colombo has plans to submit a petition to the Vatican to declare those killed in the Easter... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo in his cathedral city, Jan. 13, 2015.

Sri Lankan bishops demand answers from president, two years after Easter bombing

Jul 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

In a July 12 letter addressed to the president of Sri Lanka, Catholic leaders criticized the “lethargic pace” of a... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Jan. 13, 2015.

Cardinal Ranjith leads Sri Lankan Catholics in prayer for justice two years after Easter bombing

Apr 7, 2021

More than 260 people died and over 500 were injured in suicide bomb attacks on Easter Sunday in 2019. Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo.

'We will take to the streets': Cardinal demands answers over 2019 Easter bombings

Mar 10, 2020

Cardinal Malcom Ranjith of Colombo has said he will lead public protests if the Sri Lankan government fails to produce... Read more

A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard outside St. Theresa’s church in Colombo on May 12, 2019.

Sri Lanka holds first public Masses since Easter attacks

May 13, 2019

The Sri Lankan Catholic Church on May 12 held its first public Sunday Masses since suicide bombers claimed more than... Read more

A priest wears a crucifix at the residence of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith April 30, 2019.

Despite ongoing threats, ordination Mass takes place in Sri Lanka

Apr 30, 2019

As most Catholic churches remain closed across Sri Lanka, following the Easter bombings that claimed more than 250 lives, one... Read more

Sri Lankan Catholics held a funeral Mass April 23, 2019 for the victims of the attack on St. Sabestian Church in Negambo.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings

Apr 23, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and... Read more

St Anthony's church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, center of the Easter terrorist attacks. Image via Shutterstock.

'Controlled explosion' near St. Anthony's church as Sri Lanka remains on high alert

Apr 22, 2019

Local media reported scenes of panic and confusion April 22, as crowds fled the area after what has been described... Read more