At least 200 Christians were murdered as bombs exploded at several churches on the island of Sri Lanka. The Easter day attacks brought international outrage, as well as calls for prayer. “These attacks demonstrate the brutal nature of terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace & security,” said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We offer our deepest condolences and stand with the government & people of Sri Lanka.”
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.