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

By | September 10, 2019

Catholic Mass services in Sri Lanka are cancelled for a second weekend 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 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. 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. 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.  Sentenced to a life in hiding: Pensioner, 79, who coroner ruled LAWFULLY killed burglar who broke… Shocking moment Tommy Robinson repeatedly PUNCHES man who tipped milkshake on his head – the SECOND… Police hunt thug who hurled terrified dog off a Cornish clifftop to splash into sea while jeering… Run, fatboy run!: London Marathon runner, 24, will never run it again after race officials… Former BBC Radio 6 Music producer and presenter, 40, dies after she was hit by a train in what her… Wrap up warm! May Bank Holiday will be coldest for 41 years with minus 6C chills, frost and snow and… Naked veterinary assistant, 21, who was caught on CCTV as she chased her lover down a hotel corridor… Parking warden is sacked after pub landlord catches her on CCTV REMOVING his valid ticket to issue a… Actors look of surprise – which seems to turn to horror – when his long distance girlfriend makes… Boy, three, who died after his step fathers brutal punch spent his final hours sleeping in blood… Selfie loving teenager, 18, who smashed up holidaymakers cars at Manchester Airport as she stole… Baby Sussex still isnt here! Palace source confirms Meghan and Harry definitely HAVENT become new… Pensioner, 77, appears in court charged with killing his six year old great grandson after the boy… Schoolboy, 13, with dairy allergy who died after pupil put cheese down his collar screamed Im… EXCLUSIVE: Couples Cotswolds idyll is shattered by unholy row with Tory councillor neighbour over… Serial prankster, 26, accidentally killed himself when he tried to fool his girlfriend into thinking…

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