Pope Francis has condemned the Easter Sunday extremist terror attacks in Sri Lanka that killed over 250 and injured hundreds.
“In the wake of the brutal attacks on Christian communities gathered in prayer on Easter Sunday, and on several other sites in Sri Lanka, I feel moved to assure you once more of my profound solidarity and my continued prayers for all those affected by these contemptible crimes,” Pope Francis said in a letter dated 24 April to Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.
“In union with our brothers and sisters throughout the world, I commend the dead to the infinite mercy of God our heavenly Father and ask the Lord Jesus, victor over sin and death, to bring healing to the injured and consolation to all who mourn the loss of their loved ones,” he added.
Pope Francis said with the followers of all religions, and men and women of good will everywhere, he expresses horror at this unspeakable offence against the holy name of God and pray that hearts hardened by hatred may yield to His will for peace and reconciliation among all his children.
“At this time of immense grief, may the faithful be confirmed in charity, consoling one another with the hope born of Easter and our unshakeable faith in Christ’s promises. Conscious of the wound inflicted on the entire nation, I likewise pray that all Sri Lankans will be affirmed in their resolve to foster social harmony, justice and peace,” the Pope said.
“With these sentiments, I affectionately commend you and your brother Bishops, together with the clergy, religious and lay faithful entrusted to your care, to the loving embrace of Our Lady, Queen and Patroness of Sri Lanka, and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and peace in the Risen Lord,” he added.