Upon hearing about some unthinkable violence somewhere in the world, the first thing I do when I get to the church on Sunday morning is pencil another intention into the prayers of the faithful. In some small way, it feels like a solemn duty.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said that he has no faith in the investigations to date—one by a commission and one by a committee—into the April 23 attack.
Father James Martin was among the religious leaders testifying to members of the Helsinki Commission, which monitors human rights worldwide, about a surge in reported hate crimes.
"We express our strongest condemnation at this disquieting wave of violence and assure our bruised brethren of solidarity, prayerful communion and compassion."
Following attacks on houses of worship in Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the United States, Muslim and Jewish leaders sign a joint call for cooperation among different faiths.
The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka is hopeful that schools will reopen soon for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels.