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Slow post-terror healing in Sri Lanka

Nilushan Prasad Fernando, a government school teacher in Sri Lanka, observes that Catholics are again celebrating feast days and there are Sunday school sessions for children.
 

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Vatican envoy visits Sri Lanka after attacks

COLOMBO (UCAN): Fernando Cardinal Filoni, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, made an unheralded visit to Sri Lanka to show solidarity with Catholics still reeling from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that claimed over 250 lives and injured more than 400.
 

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Sri Lankan community thanks diocese for support

HONG KONG (SE): Sri Lanka was in a civil war for 33 long years. There is no exact casualty toll, but the United Nations has suggested that as many as 40,000 civilians were killed in the last stage of the war alone. The civil war ended in 2009 after a large-scale operation by the army. 
 
Just as Sri Lankans were beginning to heave a sigh of relief after three decades of war, tragedy struck the country again on Easter Sunday, April 21, in the form of suicide bombers.  
 

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Sri Lanka’s churches closed for second week

COLOMBO (UCAN): Sunday Masses were cancelled again in Sri Lanka as churches remained closed for a second week following the Easter Sunday suicide bombings on April 28 that killed more than 250 people.
 
Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, of Colombo, had previously announced that Sunday Masses would be held on May 5, but cancelled services after considering the latest security alert. Instead, he celebrated a televised, private Mass at the Archbishop’s House in Colombo.
 

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Sri Lanka attacks heighten security fears in Goa

PANJIM (UCAN): The Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka have spurred the state of Goa, India, to provide security for its ancient Christian buildings, but Church leaders say much more is needed.
 
“Goa needs to take extra precautions,” Pramod Sawant, Goa’s chief minister told media on April 22.
 

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