04/21/2020 Sri Lanka (International Christian Concern) – The victims of the deadly 2019 Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka were remembered in a moment of silence and the ringing of bells this morning. Today, April 21, marks the first anniversary of the bombings which are considered to be the worst instance of Christian persecution in Sri Lanka’s history.
Last week, Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, called for the country to observe a two-minute moment of silence. He also appealed to all places of worship in Sri Lanka to ring bells to commemorate the victims.
“Keep a two-minute silence at 8:45 a.m. and light a lamp or a candle at your home at 8:47 a.m. and observe religious rights to commemorate the victims on April 21,” Cardinal Ranjith said last week.
On April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, suicide bombers attacked three churches and several luxury hotels across Sri Lanka in coordinated attacks. Some 350 people, many of them Christians celebrating Easter, were killed as a result of the bombings. ISIS took credit for the attacks.
The tragedy of these attacks are still deeply felt by many in the Christian community of Sri Lanka. However, Christian leaders took the opportunity on Easter Sunday to reiterate the community’s forgiveness for those responsible for the bombings.
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