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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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The grace to be few

“This is not an obstacle but an opportunity to be leaven in the dough, small grain that grows into mustard, and salt that dissolves in water or food,” reflects Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Over 70 per cent of the population is Buddhist, while Hindus and Muslims account for 12 and 10 per cent respectively. Here, however, Christians must fight for their faith, not given to them by the cultural environment.
 








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Sesquicentenary for Sri Lanka’s Catholic paper

Colombo (UCAN): “We must move away from the era when we thought of ourselves as Sinhala, Tamil or Muslim individually or as Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic or Catholic,” Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, from Colombo, Sri Lanka, said on January 11, at an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the country’s oldest Catholic newspaper, Gnanartha Pradeepaya (Lamp of Wisdom).

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