Terror attacks in Sri Lanka dampen Easter spirit in Mumbai

Terror attacks in Sri Lanka dampen Easter spirit in Mumbai

Archbishop of Bombay offers all help needed to counterpart in Colombo

Easter festivities were subdued for many in the city on Sunday as the news of the ghastly attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka started coming in. Celebrations took a back seat and the ‘Happy Easter’ messages were replaced by updates on the attacks that killed more than 200 people and injured over 450.
“Instead of cheerful chatter among family members during our Easter lunch, we were watching the news on television. The images of destruction were heartbreaking,” said Anil Joseph, a resident of Bandra.
‘Senseless violence’

As soon as the news came to light, the Archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias spoke to Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith of the Archdiocese of Colombo, offering him all the help needed. “On this great feast of hope of the resurrection, our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka are devastated by this senseless violence. We pray to the risen Jesus for peace,” Cardinal Gracias said, adding that the Church in India is “deeply saddened and pained”.


Fr. Nigel Barrett, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Bombay, said, “They are dealing with the aftermath of the terror attacks. At present, we can all only pray for them.” Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus and is the holiest day for Christians.
Community member Dolphy D’souza, who is also the executive member of the Bombay Catholic Sabha, said, “The attack on the innocent on such a holy day has left us all in anguish.” He said the Mumbai Police have ensured that security in churches in the city has been very good during service.
Fr. Warner D’souza, head of the Archdiocesan Heritage Museum, said he was shaken by “the attack on humanity”. “It is not only about the churches, but so many innocent lives were also lost in the hotels,” he said.
Meanwhile, friends and relatives of those who have travelled to Sri Lanka made frantic calls to check on their loved ones. Karan Anand, head, relationships, Cox & Kings Ltd., said all their customers in Sri Lanka are safe. “Most of our tourists are holidaying in different parts of Sri Lanka, such as Kandy and Bentota. We are getting updates from our local office and will guide our customers,” he said
Source - The Hindu

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