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Sri Lanka's government proposes burqa ban

Despite concerns from religious rights groups, the Sri Lanka government is planning to introduced a ban on the wearing in... Read more

April 21, 2021: Catholics mark the second anniversary of the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 260 people.

Former Sri Lankan cabinet minister arrested for alleged links to Easter 2019 anti-Christian terror

Two years after bombings in Sri Lanka killed hundreds at several churches and hotels on Easter, police on Saturday arrested... Read more

Ambulances are seen outside the church premises with gathered people and security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Sri Lankan religious leaders condemn extremism two years after Easter bombing

Numerous religious leaders gathered in Sri Lanka to mark the second anniversary of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings and... 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

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

Ambulances are seen outside the church premises with gathered people and security personnel following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.

Two years after Easter attacks, Sri Lankan Catholics still calling for answers

Catholic leaders in Sri Lanka are urging the government to step up its efforts to investigate the 2019 Easter Sunday... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith outside his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Jan. 13, 2015.

Catholic bishops urge Sri Lankan government to release report on 2019 Easter bombings

The Sri Lankan government must release its report on the Easter 2019 terrorist attack on Christian churches and hotels, say... Read more

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

Sri Lankan cardinal: It is 'sad and unfortunate' that Easter bombing suspects are released

A year and a half after church and hotel bombings killed 259 people and injured another 500 in Sri Lanka,... Read more

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

Catholics have forgiven Easter church bombers, says cardinal

Sri Lanka’s Catholics have forgiven the bombers who struck their churches last Easter, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has said.  Read more

Fr. Jude Raj Fernando at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, Oct. 24, 2019.

‘Our faith is stronger than their bombs’: A Sri Lankan priest in Rome

As the pastor of a parish in which many families lost a mother, father, or child in a bombing on... 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

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

Sri Lankan Catholic students.

‘Bodies were everywhere’: Sri Lanka priests recount the horror of Easter attacks

As Fr. Eranga De-Silva finished celebrating Easter Sunday Mass at his parish in Sri Lanka, he noticed policemen guarding the... 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

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

Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton celebrating the 2019 Chrism Mass. Courtesy photo, Diocese of Scranton.

Social media, polarization risk fueling violence, bishop says

Religious intolerance and violence are being fueled by a polarized society and fanned by social media, Bishop Joseph Bambera of... Read more

Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard outside St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, April 29, 2019.

New safety measures in place after Sri Lanka bombings

One week after the Sri Lanka Easter bombings, authorities continue to seek those responsible for the violence, while enacting new... Read more

Police officers in Colombo.

Sri Lankan police chief resigns over bombings

The Sri Lanka chief of police resigned this week after bombings left dead more than 200 Christians on Easter morning.... Read more

 Rome's Catacombs of St. Callixtus.

Commentary: Sri Lanka, martyrdom, and the light of faith

On Saturday night, the Church celebrated its most solemn and joyful liturgy.  Read more

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

Sri Lanka's Ranjith: 'I would have cancelled' Easter Mass if bomb warnings were passed on

The Archbishop of Colombo says that government officials in Sri Lanka should be fired for failing to act on tips... 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

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

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

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis: The resurrection is the most shocking event in human history

Pope Francis said Monday that the resurrection of Christ is the most shocking event in human history.  Read more