Sri Lanka - First Mass Celebrated in St Sebastian's Church After the 2019 Easter Attacks - Many Christians still Severely Traumatised
by Matthias Böhnke edited by Laura Cain
The first Holy Mass was celebrated on the 21st of July at St. Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya, Negombo, Sri Lanka, three months after the attack on Easter Sunday (April 21st) where a suicide bomber killed close to 100 people. The statue of Jesus covered in the martyrs' blood stands at the front of the Church. The Holy Mass was attended by 1000 people including victims of the attack and was celebrated by Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. A special security plan was in place surrounding the church premises.
A statue of Christ that was in St Sebastian's Church was splattered with the blood of the victims. It is now surrounded by glass and venerated in memory of those that lost their lives whilst worshipping on Easter Sunday.
Photographer/Author: Bartek Zytkowiak
Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need