Observe two minutes’ silence on April 21 - Cardinal

Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday requested all Sri Lankans and religious places to observe two minutes’ silence at 8.45 a.m. tomorrow (21) in remembrance of the victims of the deadly Easter Sunday Terror Attacks that took place two years ago.

Addressing the media at the Bishop’s House in Colombo, the Colombo Archbishop said there will be special masses at all churches islandwide with the main commemoration to be held at St. Anthony’s Shrine, Kochchikade to remember all those who died in the attacks.

“Envoys from various countries based in Sri Lanka including the Apostolic Nuncio have been invited to participate in this event which will be represented by multi-religious leaders,” he said.

On behalf of Pope Francis, the Apostolic Nuncio will address the occasion and convey his condolences to the affected families.

Commenting on the attack, the Archbishop said that although it was an attack targeting the Catholic community, individuals belonging to all the communities were affected. He said that there can be similar attacks taking place targeting other communities in the future.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop yesterday announced that all Catholic schools islandwide will be closed on April 21 in line with the commemoration.

 

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