Sunday Masses cancelled in Sri Lanka in wake of Easter Sunday blasts

There will be no Sunday Masses until further notice after the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, the Archbishop of Colombo has said.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith made the comment during a news conference on Friday in the Sri Lankan capital.

The cleric appealed for financial support to rebuild the lives of affected people and reconstruct the churches targeted in the Islamic State-claimed suicide bombings, which killed over 250 people on Sunday.

A policeman stands guard, as surveyors work at St Sebastian’s Church (Manish Swarup/AP)

The US Embassy in Sri Lanka has warned people to stay away from places of worship this weekend over concerns about possible further attacks.

Sri Lankan officials say they continue to search for suspects in the bombings.

On Friday, authorities urged Muslims not to hold congregational prayers over fears they might be targeted.

However, several mosques did under the protection of security forces.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Man dies and shops and mosques are destroyed in Sri Lanka communal violence

Sri Lanka churches hold first Sunday Mass since Easter bombings

Sri Lankan Catholics watch Mass on TV for second week following Easter attacks

Romesh Ranganathan to host Sri Lanka fundraising comedy gig

More in this Section

Two boys die and four other children in hospital after incident in Sheffield

Top 10 potential candidates to replace Theresa May as Tory leader

How will the contest to replace Theresa May work?

'Nothing has changed': Message from Brussels following Theresa May resignation


Lifestyle

All of the most opulent and OTT gowns from the Cannes Film Festival

H&M has announced its latest incredible designer collaboration – and it goes on sale tomorrow

Ask an expert: What’s the best way to quickly potty train my toddler?

Album review: Flying Lotus - Flamagra

More From The Irish Examiner