Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic Church said Sunday (April 12, 2020) it had forgiven the suicide bombers who targeted three Churches and killed 279 people last Easter, Hindustan Times reported.
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, prays for victims of the 2019 Easter Sunday bomb attack, kneeling at the spot where the suicide bomber detonated explosives, during his visit at St. Sebastian's Church, Katuwapitiya village in Negombo, Sri Lanka August 29, 2019. (Reuters/ Image for representation)
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told an Easter mass -- broadcast from a TV studio because of the Coronavirus pandemic -- that "we offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us".
The April 21 Easter Sunday bombers targeted three Churches and three luxury hotels, killing at least 279 people and wounding 593 others.
That Government of President Maithripala Sirisena blamed Islamic extremists for the bombings. Police have arrested 135 people in connection with the bombings, blamed on the National Thowheeth Jama'ath extremist group.