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Received full presidential commission report on Easter Sunday attacks: Cardinal

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Colombo, April 17 (Daily Mirror) - The Catholic Church has received the remaining parts of the report submitted by the presidential commission which probed the Easter Sunday attacks, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today.

Cardinal Ranjith said the church had received it three weeks ago. “A team of lawyers are studying the report and we will come up with a statement on it once the study is completed,” he told a briefing.

He said the process of declaring Easter Sunday victims as martyrs will begin on Sunday April 21 2024 when the country commemorates the fifth anniversary of the mayhem.

“All names of those who perished in the explosions at the Katuwapitiya church, Kochchikade church and the Zion church will be handed over to Apostolate Nuncio ( Vatican Ambassador) during the commemoration programmes which are to be held on Sunday. The process of declaring these victims as martyrs will begin on that day,” he said.

“The victims will be initially declared as ‘heroes of faith’ which is the first step towards declaring someone as a martyr. These victims can be called martyrs as they went to church on that fateful day because of their faith,” he added explaining the catholic tradition.

A Prayerful procession has been organized on Saturday April 20 from Kochchikade church to Katuwapitiya church while two commemoration programmes have been organized at Katuwapitiya church and Kochchikade church on Sunday April 21 2024. Another procession has been organized from Maristella College Negombo to Katuwapitiya Church on Sunday afternoon.

Apostolate Nuncio, UN resident representative in Sri Lanka and religious leaders including Buddhist monks are expected to speak at the ceremony which will be held at the Kochchikade church.

“We only want to know as to who was behind the Easter Sunday attacks and we don’t intend to seek revenge from anyone. We would also like to ask the former President Maithripala Sirisena to reveal what he is aware of the attack,” the cardinal remarked.

  Comments - 11

  • Nodaking kalakanni Thursday, 18 April 2024 01:38 AM

    Probably a watered down rubbish whitewashing his rajapaksa friends.

    Ravioli Thursday, 18 April 2024 01:39 AM

    Mr. President, please stop wasting paper.

    Ram Thursday, 18 April 2024 02:15 AM

    GR/RW Government failed to direct action on the persons exposed in the reports indicating that they are there to protect criminals. That is Sri Lankan political culture

    melville perera Thursday, 18 April 2024 08:06 AM

    under what condition does the catholic Apostalate Nuncio act as UN representative in our country - is it a govt to govt diplomat appointment as there was no media publicity of his presenting his credentials to the President. Also the vatican is no longer a member of the chess board assembly of the UN. Is it a self imposed authority by the Archbishop of Colombo not provided for under the Sri Lanka constitution and is he or the representative exempt from conditions not included in the constitutionis??? Has the A/bishop violated the constitution???

    Tissa Fernando Thursday, 18 April 2024 08:16 AM

    So , what has he got to say now? What about other criminal investigation reports concerning non catholics are their religious leaders getting copies of such reports.

    alex Thursday, 18 April 2024 01:02 PM

    Anyone interested has the right to ask for the report

    Sandy Thursday, 18 April 2024 08:35 AM

    Go and read bible instead of spreading confusion.

    Asoka Goonawardena Thursday, 18 April 2024 09:56 AM

    What is former President's involvement?

    Lloyd Perera Thursday, 18 April 2024 03:04 PM

    Melville Perera seems to be having a huge misunderstanding of the sentence indicating the speakers list. As one can understand, the speakers are --1. Apostolate Nuncio, (As clearly mentioned in Paragraph 4 "Vatican Ambassador").-- 2 The UN Resident Representative in Sri Lanka. --3 The religious Leaders.... Hope this is clear to make correction to your remark on Cardinals Violation of Constitution.

    Mohan Thursday, 18 April 2024 09:41 PM

    The Easter Sunday attack is discussed before every election.

    Mahila Friday, 19 April 2024 04:29 AM

    At least, IS His Eminence Cardinal Ranjith, HAPPY that the full report was received by him - NOT received earlier during the tenure of Maithri and GR – has been received NOW, during the Tenure of President Ranil, whom he derided as “President of 134 Parliamentary votes”!!?? Why are the erudite so good at displaying contempt, but FAIL, GOOD deeds to be acknowledged, and display their ability to be accountable, if such claims were due to misplaced, beliefs or lack of knowledge!!!??? To end in a happy note, Kudos are due without reservation to Ranil, for discharging the rightful DUTY!!! Even simply acknowledging, that, “SOMETHING GOOD IS HAPPENING NOW”, would be conciliatory, worthy of Cardinal's Stature and Esteem!!??

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