Catholic Church probably had prior info on bombings: Harin

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There was a probability that the Catholic Church also knew about the prior warning which was sent, about the coordinated terror attacks which occurred on April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday, former minister Harin Fernando yesterday informed the PCoI probing the Easter Sunday attacks.

The former minister made the following statement in response to a question raised by the representative from the Attorney General's (AG) department.

Testifying before the Commission Mr. Fernando said, traditionally the Archbishop conducts a main Easter mass but on April 21, 2019 there was no such mass conducted by him.

"Although, that was the traditional practice of Catholics to participate in a main mass conducted by the Archbishop, on 2019 Easter Sunday there was no such main mass conducted by the Archbishop of Colombo. Later I got to know that there was a Easter Vigil Mass on April 20," he said.

Mr. Fernando told the Commission that it has to inquire and investigate into the following matter also while inquiring into other matters related to the attacks. (Yoshitha Perera)

  Comments - 22

  • Go Go gota Thursday, 17 September 2020 06:29 AM

    All are involved in this bombing specially the opposition at that time..

    Thor Thursday, 17 September 2020 06:31 AM

    Another aplogy from Harin forthcoming?

    Mm Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:06 AM

    you are always stirring up trouble. You seem to have an issue with the Catholic order

    Mm Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:08 AM

    The tradition is the Easter vigil mass that the cardinal takes part in!! Shame on you harin

    Victor Perera Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:33 AM

    What about the retired military guys advising Cardinal, since mid 2017?

    Sarath Thursday, 17 September 2020 07:34 AM

    The Cardinal may not have known about the bombings, but his silence since the new govt. came into power is deafening. Where are the street protests about the bombings that he talked about?

    Gayan Thursday, 17 September 2020 08:34 AM

    He cannot live with shame. His conscience tell him to go on the attack. Shows the level of dignity of this man.

    Erantha Thursday, 17 September 2020 08:47 AM

    We are awaiting Cardinal's retirement in 2 1/2 years. Most eagerly awaited by Catholics who need a apolitical, spiritual leader.

    Sokrates Thursday, 17 September 2020 08:49 AM

    I would be very surprised if the Catholic Church was not informed. The Vatican has the best informed secret service in the world.

    Catholic Thursday, 17 September 2020 08:59 AM

    Shame to call yourself a Catholic Mr. Fernando. You seem not to know that the Archbishop generally participates in the Easter Vigil service on Holy Saturday. It is better to keep shut than jump the gun if you are not sure of things.

    R. Anthony Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:00 AM

    Cardinal mum is better. As catholics have No faith or respect for him. He let down the Catholic church entrusted to him to Guard and Guide his folks. He only practiced Politics instead, thats the root cause.

    Piya senehasata kawi gee liyawuna Madi Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:06 AM

    Anyhow, your father knew and warned you. That’s enough for you I guess.

    Dinjay Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:12 AM

    Harin says "300 odd people got killed on Easter Sunday attacks probably would have known about the bomb attacks".... Hikz..!

    DHA Thursday, 17 September 2020 09:56 AM

    "Probably" is a very dangerous word to use when accusing someone which means your not sure of what your saying !

    nimesh Suresh Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:08 AM

    Harin u are saying these to cover ur negligence of not informing anyne when ur Father informed u of the pending bombing. U are not becoming the biggest joker in the SJB and the heirachi has now realised and not given u any responsible position in the opposition in parliament. u even couldnt contest and had to come on the national list as u have become invalid. God should punish u severely for criticising the catholic church unnecesarily to cover ur negligence.

    Fernie Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:11 AM

    This all proves that religious hocus pocus is all a farce.

    ravin Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:25 AM

    It is long overdue. General public must rejects all politicas gap openings. Specially after last election period politicas gaps were closed for sometime. Again they start opening gaps of which they do not know when and where to open.

    nimesh Sureh Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:27 AM

    If u think u are an accepted person why com eon the national list..its bec ause pu know that people reject an immature fool like u who dos not know to act responsibly on information of bombing recieved from ur father , that u chose to come on national list,,next time no national list for u as u will be placed down the line,,people and ur party members are fedup of u

    roni Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:22 AM

    Another can of worms opened, which gives Cardinal Malcom enough ammunition to make another mockery of a sermon sometime soon, like the one he made at Tewatte on the day which was devoted for sick. Father forgive him for he does not know what he says.

    Bernard Thursday, 17 September 2020 01:43 PM

    The Catholic Church should not have involved in indirect interference in politics to trigger a biased outcome.

    Shani Thursday, 17 September 2020 04:14 PM

    Harin, ask your father before making statements.

    IGNATIUS RASIAH Friday, 18 September 2020 08:27 AM

    In the end, If there is one bugger who is charged. I will be surprised. Royal Commissions are an eyewash just to fool the public. We have one going on in Melbourne, Australia.

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