Christians in Sri Lanka attended Mass dressed in black on Sunday (March 7) to remember victims killed in an Islamic terrorist attack on Easter Sunday two years ago. On April 21, 2019, at 8:45 a.m., the bombs were detonated almost simultaneously at two Roman Catholic churches and a Protestant church during Easter services. In this attack, more than 260 people, including 171 from the two Catholic churches, were killed in the attacks.
A presidential inquiry commission has handed its final report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who has shared parts of it with Christian leaders. However, the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said the report had concentrated more on the failures of the then-Government in preventing the attacks despite early warnings, rather than finding out the handlers of the groups accused of carrying out the bombings.
“No one who wants to promote hatred and religious strife will receive our support. We believe there should be unity and brotherhood among different ethnic and religious groups all over the world," Ranjith said.
“Today Holy Father Pope Francis has visited Iraq and has discussed with the Shia leaders (in Iran). It shows religious leaders in the world think about unity and brotherhood, not about creating strife. Therefore I request anyone inclined to create conflict on account of religion to give up that idea,” he said.