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Sri Lanka bombings an affront to Catholics, says lawmaker

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 10:56 AM April 22, 2019

 

Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. - A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing nearly 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. (Photo by STR / AFP) sri lanka bombing

Sri Lankan security personnel walk through debris following an explosion in St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of the capital Colombo, on April 21, 2019. – A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing nearly 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. (Photo by STR / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — The Sri Lanka bombing incidents on Easter Sunday that killed at over 200 people is an affront to the Catholic faith, Senator Risa Hontiveros said.

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“I stand in solidarity, grief, and shock with the victims, their families, and the nation of Sri Lanka, and I condemn the horrific attacks that claimed more than 200 lives and injured hundreds more this past Easter Sunday,” Hontiveros said in a statement on Monday.

“That these attacks were carried out on the most important day for the Catholic faithful is an affront not only to our faith, but also to the dignity of those who only wished to celebrate the day in peace and fellowship,” she added.

The senator also assured that “terrorism has no place in this world” and the people of Sri Lanka have the support of the international community.

“And while they will always try to divide people to make us live in fear and suspicion of one another, we will not let them win. The people of Sri Lanka will rise from this tragedy stronger than ever, and they will not stand alone,” she said.

“They will have the support of their neighbors and the international community, and we will come together to cast away fear, bring these vile terrorists to justice, and light the fire of hope anew,” she added.

The bomb attacks happened in high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka.

At least eight people have already been arrested in connection with the deadly blasts, said Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. /gsg

READ: 8 arrested in connection with Sri Lanka blasts

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