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All Catholic Schools to remain closed on Wednesday

Marking of 2nd anniversary of Easter Sunday attacks

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All Catholic Schools will be closed on Wednesday, April 21 as the country marks the second anniversary of the Easter Sunday terror attacks, the Church announced today.

The announcement was made by a joint press conference held by Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Bishop of Chillaw Rev. Valance Mendis and Bishop of Galle Raymond Wickremesinghe where the church leaders announced what they intended doing to mark the second anniversary of the Easter Sunday mayhem.

“ Two minutes silence will be observed at 8.45 a.m. in all churches. This would be followed by the lighting of candles and oil lamps to pay tribute to those who had died in the attacks and sounding of the funeral bells.A special program will be conducted in St Anthony’s shrine Kochchikade where the first explosion had happened while a special song written by Professor Sunil Ariyaratne and composed by Rohana Weerasinghe will be sung by popular songstress Nanda Malini," it was said.

Venerable Omalpe Sobitha Thera, A Mawlavi and a Hindu Kurukkal were also expected to participate in the event at Kochchikade.

“ We urge all other places of worship including temples, mosques and Kovils to observe a two- minute silence with us,” Cardinal Ranjith said.

"A service will be conducted in the Katuwapitiya Church as well, while a religious procession of priests and nuns will take place from Marisella College Negombo to the Katuwapitiya Church. This will be purely a religious procession,” the Cardinal said. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 10

  • Rohan Prasanna Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:56 AM

    Why should school children's education should suffer for a holiday protesting for a political message?

    local man Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:21 AM

    Who runs the schools now, Education Ministry or the Catholic Church. What comedy.

    Robert Subramaniam Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:42 AM

    Are you the Education Minister Cardinal?

    M.P. Ariyapala Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:43 AM

    Good move, but its not enough - go for an International Investigation using your powers.

    G. Guruge Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:44 AM

    Some say that you have close links with the President and PM and playing a double game. Is it true?

    Christian Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:45 AM

    How about Anglican and Methodist schools? Are they not Christians Hon. Cardinal?

    Sam Samaraweera Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:46 AM

    You are like Jaffna opportunist, always back Catholics never care for other denomination considering them as Christians.

    Melder Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:48 AM

    What is the next step? Will you go for international investigation or just rely on our Govt? Enough is enough do something for the Easter Sunday Attackers.

    Hendry Harrison Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:49 AM

    Are you trying to save My3 pala Sirisena now?

    THEMIYA MEL Tuesday, 20 April 2021 01:40 PM

    Cardinal is going mad must check is brain He is doing more damage to people of Sri Lanka He should step down

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