Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith held mass in Colombo’s St. Theresa’s Church Sunday after resorting in recent weeks to televised broadcasts from his residence to reach out to his shocked parishioners. At least 258 people were killed on April 21 when seven suicide bombers targeted two Catholic churches, one Protestant church and three luxury hotels. Authorities blamed local jihadis and church services were temporarily canceled. Read more: Sri Lanka’s tourism sector impacted Approaching St. Theresa’s Sunday, congregation members faced body searches by soldiers wary of explosives. The church’s sprawling car park was kept empty as part of high-level security precautions. Thousands reportedly attended mass across Colombo. Armed police guarded the St. Theresa’s church during the ceremony On Saturday, Cardinal Ranjith had celebrated a special Mass in Colombo’s St. Lucia Cathedral, attended by survivors and relatives of victims. Outside Colombo, churches resumed services last week, but were guarded by local police. Catholic-run schools to reopen Church officials said next Tuesday could see the reopening of church-run schools if they were satisfied with security measures. State-run schools — put at more than 10,000 across Sri Lanka — resumed class last week, also under police guard and with parking restrictions, but pupil attendances have reportedly been low…. Read full this story
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