Catholic Mass services in Sri Lanka are cancelled for a second weekend Daily Mail Online

By | October 22, 2019


Catholic Mass services in Sri Lanka are cancelled for a second weekend Daily Mail Online Published: 09:07 BST, 2 May 2019 | Updated: 10:10 BST, 2 May 2019 Catholic services are being cancelled for a second weekend in Sri Lankas capital amid fears of fresh bomb attacks. The Church received specific information of two possible attacks against churches and it was decided to call off the May 5 mass, a spokesman for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said Thursday. On the advice of the security forces, we have decided not to have Sunday masses in any of the churches, the spokesman said. The Church received specific information of two possible attacks against churches, and it was decided to call off the May 5 mass, a spokesman for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith pictured said  A view of St. Sebastians Church, which was damaged in the blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, on Easter Sunday The Church had planned to resume public services for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks at churches and luxury hotels which killed 257 people.  Last week, Muslims were told to stay home for Friday prayers and all of Sri Lankas Catholic churches were closed.  Instead of the usual Sunday Mass in Colombo, Ranjith delivered a homily before clergy and national leaders at his residence that aired on television.  A Cabinet minister said Tuesday that intelligence warnings had indicated government ministers could be targeted by the same Islamic State linked group that carried out the April 21 suicide bombings. Wreckage: Sri Lankan security personnel inspect the damage at St Anthonys Shrine Investigators at the scene of a bombing at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, on April 22 Ranjith has criticised the governments apparent failure to share near specific intelligence on the Easter plot and some of the suspects involved. Sri Lankan police late Wednesday released the names and photographs of nine suicide bombers who carried out the Easter attacks.  They included extremist preacher Mohamed Zahran, also known as Zahran Hashim, who was described as the attack leader.  It also revealed a suicide bombers wife, who blew herself up, along with her children and three police officers, at a villa belonging to her father in law, who is a prominent spice trader. An inside view of the St. Anthonys Shrine after an explosion hit St Anthonys Church in Kochchikade in Colombo  Authorities suspect members of two previously little known groups National Thawheedh Jamaath NTJ and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim of carrying out the attacks, although the Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility. The government lifted a ban on social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and viber, a source at the presidents office said. The ban had been imposed immediately after the attacks to prevent the spread of rumours. The government also banned women from wearing face veils under an emergency law put in place after the Easter attacks.  Sri Lankas 22 million population is mostly Buddhist but includes minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus.  The comments below have been moderated in advance. By posting your comment you agree to our . Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Well ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our . Published by Associated Newspapers Ltd Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday Metro Media Group

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