Thousands of Catholics appeared mass in Colombo today (Sunday) amid tight security to avoid a repeat of Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 250 people.
Soldiers equipped with automatic assault rifles guarded St. Theresa’s church at Colombo’s Thimbirigasyaya housing quarter, while members of the worshipers were searched for explosives.
The extensive church car park was empty as the establishments did not allow any vehicles into the compound as part of high-level security.
Regular services were cancelled across all churches soon after the deadly suicide attacks, but the archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith declared on Thursday that mass would be held in his bishopric from Sunday.
The Cardinal led private Sunday services in the past two weeks, which were airing live on national television.