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WorldCatholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

10:55  02 may  2019
10:55  02 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka ’s Catholic cardinal received “foreign information” that attempts would be made this week to attack a Earlier Thursday, Tillakaratne had said that Ranjith canceled all Sunday services for a second week in the diocese based on the latest security reports.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka ’s Catholic cardinal received “foreign information” that attempts would be made this week to attack a Earlier Thursday, Tillakaratne had said that Ranjith canceled all Sunday services for a second week in the diocese based on the latest security reports.

Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week© The Associated Press A Sri Lankan naval soldier stands guard at a road leading to a closed market on May Day in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Sri Lanka's major political parties called off traditional May Day rallies due to security concerns following the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people and were claimed by militants linked to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka 's capital after the government warned of more possible Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo diocese, said Thursday that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had canceled all Sunday services in

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka : Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka ’s capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Daesh-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings. Rev.

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

Last week, Muslims were told to stay home for Friday prayers and all of Sri Lanka's Catholic churches were closed. Instead of the usual Sunday Mass, Ranjith delivered a homily before clergy and national leaders at his residence that aired on television.

The April 21 bombings at churches and luxury hotels killed 253 people and officials have warned that suspects linked to the bombings are still at large.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka ’s capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Last week , Muslims were told to stay home for Friday prayers and all of Sri Lanka ’s Catholic churches were closed.

Catholic services are being cancelled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka 's capital amid fears of fresh bomb attacks. The Church received 'specific information of two possible attacks against churches' and it was decided to call off the May 5 mass, a spokesman for Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said

A Cabinet minister said Tuesday that intelligence warnings had indicated government ministers could be targeted by the same group, which pledged its loyalty to the Islamic State group.

Ranjith has criticized the government's apparent failure to share near-specific intelligence on the Easter plot and some of the suspects involved.

Sri Lankan police late Wednesday released the names and photographs of nine suicide bombers who carried out the Easter attacks. They included extremist preacher Mohamed Zahran, also known as Zahran Hashim, who was described as the attack leader, and another suicide bomber's wife, who blew herself up, along with her children and three police officers, at a villa belonging to her father-in-law, who is a prominent spice trader.

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