Posts Tagged ‘Sri Lanka’

Sri Lanka curfew follows Catholic attack on Muslims Comments 0

Monday, May 13th, 2019

Sri Lankan police imposed a curfew from Sunday to dawn on Monday in a Catholic-majority town 80 kilometres north of Colombo after mobs attacked a mosque and Muslim-owned businesses there. The situation blew up when a resident apparently misunderstood a Muslim man’s Facebook post as posing a threat to Christians. The Muslim man has been Read more

The state must find terror attack perpetrators – or the people will Comments 0

Monday, May 6th, 2019

The state must find Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday terror attack perpetrators and put them on trial. If they don’t, they risk the community taking justice into its own hands, warns Cardinal Malcom Ranjith of Colombo. “I want to state that we may not be able to keep people under control in the absence of a Read more

Mass cancelled in Sri Lanka Comments 0

Monday, April 29th, 2019
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Mass in Sri Lanka is cancelled indefinitely and churches closed. The closures follow a series of church and hotel bombings at Easter which killed over 250 people. The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said church officials had seen a leaked security document describing Catholic churches and other denominations as a major target for attackers. Read more

Speak out: terrorists must not dictate interfaith relationships Comments 0

Monday, April 29th, 2019
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The vicar general of the Auckland diocese, Monsignor Bernard Kiely, told a gathering in Auckland to speak out when terrorist attacks occur. He was giving the homily at a service to remember the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. “Speak out and be very clear that the extremists and the terrorists do Read more

Pope Francis to meet civil war victims in Sri Lanka Comments 0

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka’s war torn north next January, amid accusations of ill treatment of people there by the nation’s Sinhalese majority. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, 260 kms north of the capital. This is in the heart of Read more

Fears for human rights campaigners in Sri Lanka Comments 0

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

A prominent human rights campaigner in Sri Lanka has been detained by police in the former war zone in the north of the country. Ruki Fernando was detained with Father Praveen, a Catholic priest, as they were looking into the detention of a woman who was campaigning to discover the whereabouts of her missing son Read more

Church warns foreign powers may intervene in Sri Lanka Comments 0

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The Catholic Church on Wednesday warned Sri Lanka’s government of foreign intervention unless it worked towards reconciliation and addressed allegations of war crimes during the war against Tamil separatists. Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, said he was urging President Mahinda Rajapakse and the main ethnic Tamil party to hammer out a political settlement or Read more

Sri Lanka: War over, yet torture continues Comments 0

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Jesuthasan Rojananth, a 23-year-old Catholic Tamil from Mannar, heard that the security situation in Sri Lanka had improved for ethnic Tamils. So when he had problems renewing his student visa in Malaysia earlier this year, he decided to return to his home country. He’d been away from Sri Lanka since February of 2010, when he Read more

Mosque closed as religious tensions mount in Sri Lanka Comments 0

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Muslim groups in Sri Lanka agreed on Monday to close a controversial mosque in Colombo that had been the focus of clashes with Buddhist groups and raised concerns about growing religious tensions in the country. Ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka have traditionally occurred between the largely Buddhist majority Sinhalese, who make up around three-quarters of Read more

Church accuses Sri Lanka army of killing protesters Comments 0

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Church leaders in Sri Lanka accused the country’s military of shooting unarmed protesters and desecrating a church during demonstrations against water contamination. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, condemned “unhesitatingly” the military shooting that killed three people and wounded more than 50 others last week. “We wish to condemn unhesitatingly the attack that was carried Read more