Funeral Services for Victims of the Easter Sunday Attacks in Sri Lanka

Funeral services for the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks took place on 23rd of April at St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo. His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, presided over a funeral service for a group of victims at 10.00am at the church premises.

The coffins were brought to the premises one at a time for the services amidst intense security. Funeral services and the burials took place in an atmosphere of heavy grief and sorrow with relatives and friends weeping and mourning for the unexpected loss of their loved ones. His Eminence offered a message of consolation to the faithful gathered and invited the faithful to not give into violent retaliation. Meanwhile, the death toll of the series of explosions has risen up to 359.

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith offered a message of consolation to the faithful gathered and invited the faithful to not give into violent retaliation. Credit to photographers: Roshan Pradeep & T Sunil.
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Below is a video of the visit of His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith at Negombo Hospital to see the victims of the attacks: 

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Priests bringing a coffin for the services amidst intense security. Credit to photographers: Roshan Pradeep & T Sunil. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

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Priest blessing the graves of the victims. Credit to photographers: Roshan Pradeep & T Sunil. Copyright Aid to the Church in Need.

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His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith comforting a Catholic woman who lost a family member in the attack. Credit to photographers: Roshan Pradeep & T Sunil.
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