Catholics Light Candles for Victims of 2019 Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka

The heavily damaged interior of St. Sebastian’s Church after the Easter Sunday bombings in 2019. (Photo: Facebook)

Renuka Malshi Nuwangi went to St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya with her family on Jan. 24 and lit candles and prayed for all those who died in the 2019 Easter attacks. That evening, she saw several mothers crying in the church.

The feast of St. Sebastian was held on Jan. 20. Hundreds of faithful like Nuwangi, who could not attend the feast since it was a working day, came to the church on Sunday. Hundreds of Catholics visit the church to pray and offer their vows as a tradition until the last day of January.

Religious activities in the church are still conducted under the protection of the army and police.

Everyone who enters the church remembers the tragic sight of this church on Easter Sunday in 2019. A list of all the dead has been posted outside the church.

Nuwangi and her relatives lit candles and prayed to God to bring comfort to affected families and to ensure that justice will be served and that such a tragedy never happens again in the country.

“The release of a group of suspects arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks has caused great consternation among Catholics over the ongoing investigation,” said Nuwangi, a teacher from Negombo.

The court ordered the release of 10 suspects at Wellampitiya Copper factory who were arrested in connection with the attacks on Jan. 19.

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