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Catholic services to be cancelled for this week

Catholic services are being cancelled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka’s capital after the government cautioned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter Sunday attacks.

Rev. Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo district, said Thursday that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had cancelled all Sunday services in the district based on the latest security intelligence.

Last week, Muslims were advised to stay home for Friday prayers and all of Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches were closed.  

Instead of the usual Sunday Mass, Ranjith conveyed a sermon before clergy and national leaders at his residence that was telecasted on television.

Ranjith has condemned the government’s seeming failure to share near-specific intelligence on the Easter Sunday attack.

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