Catholic church bombed in Sri Lanka attacks reopens
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Security personnel stand guard outside St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo on April 22. (AFP pic)
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s bombed Catholic church was reconsecrated Wednesday with a prayer for a strong national leader to punish those responsible for the Easter attacks that killed 258 people.
Speaking at the newly restored St Anthony’s in Colombo, the head of Roman Catholics in Sri Lanka said there were doubts whether the island could pull itself out of crisis after the coordinated suicide bombings on April 21.
At least 54 people were killed at the church, where thousands of people – including leading politicians – attended a special trilingual service on Wednesday.
“What we need is a leadership that will work for the country rather than themselves. A leader with a backbone who will not protect the guilty….