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Indian Catholics asked to pray for Lankan bomb victims

Seven suicide bombers carried out the Easter Sunday blasts in packed churches and three upmarket hotels, targeting Christians.

 
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Bangalore: 

Catholic dioceses across India were urged to make special prayers for the victims of serial bomb explosions in Sri Lanka that killed more than 300 people, mostly Christians on Easter Sunday.

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman, president of Latin rite bishops’ conference, has written to all dioceses to dedicate April 28, to pray for the dead, injured and others suffering in the neighboring nation.

“To pledge our closeness and solidarity with the victims of the multiple bomb blasts that took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, I would like to propose that we observe coming Sunday, 28th April, 2019 – Divine Mercy Sunday — as a day of prayer and solidarity,” said his April 24 letter.

The Sunday Mass could have “special prayers of the faithful for the departed souls, the injured and the affected families, who are plunged in grief and pain due to these senseless attacks,” Archbishop Ferrao suggested.

He wanted Catholics to “spend some time in prayer before the Eucharistic Risen Lord, so that the country of Sri Lanka may experience healing and receive the gift of peace.”

He also suggested parishes and church institutions to organize a candle-light prayer or procession wherever possible to “draw the attention of our people to the gruesome tragedy occurred in our neighboring country and to invite them to pray with us for peace and harmony throughout the world.”

Seven suicide bombers carried out the Easter Sunday blasts in packed churches and three upmarket hotels, targeting Christians.

The so-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the coordinated blasts that killed at least 359 people and injured more than 500.

A domestic extremist group, National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), has also been implicated. More than 40 suspects have been arrested.

Following the bombings, it became known that Sri Lankan authorities failed to act on intelligence warnings that terrorists had planned the attacks, including how they would target Catholic churches.

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