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We would have cancelled Easter Service – Cardinal

I would have cancelled all the masses and services during Holy Week if the government had informed me of an impending terror attack, Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, said yesterday.

Addressing a press brief, he said the government should have told him if they knew something was about to take place.

“We don’t want anyone to be hurt by whatever we do,” the Cardinal said.

“I have also told my Catholic population not to raise their hand against anyone because that’s what we, Christians have to follow. We have just come out of Easter which means forgiving those who do wrong to us,” the Cardinal added.

He advised he had stopped all festivals and chattels taking place in churches until the situation was brought back to normal.

He said even Muslim politicians had offered their sympathies and said they had nothing to do with recent attacks.

“Hence, I am of the view that the Muslim community had completely nothing to do with these attacks,” he added.

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