The joy of Easter mixed with sadness...
Dear Sisters and Mission Partners,
I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community of Sri Lanka, wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence.
Multiple explosions have rocked churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killing more than 200 people on Easter Day in the South Asian island nation. This number will most likely increase. More than 400 people have been injured in the worst attack since the end of civil war 10 years ago.
At least 75 worshippers died in attacks on St Sebastian's Catholic Church in Katuwapitiya, north of the capital Colombo, and an evangelical church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province, Reuters reported.
We are very sad to let you know that the brother in- law of Sr. Gratia Fernando was killed. He was with other family members for services when bombs exploded in the church. His family carried him out to the ambulance, but he was already dead. This is heartbreaking for all and especially for Gratia being so far away. Gratia is a member of the Generalate community.
We are grateful that to date we have no word that any of our sisters have been injured. We know many of our sisters are helping in the hospital.
It is a shock to our sisters as they report that the country has been at peace for 10 years after many years of war. They cannot understand these attacks as the Christian community is seen as helping to heal the division among different religions.
Please pray for those who died and the injured and their families. Also for those who attacked innocent people celebrating Easter. May God touch their hearts.
We will keep you informed. Thank you for your prayerful support.
United in mission,