Sri Lanka: Psychological and pastoral aid for victims of the attacks
ACN supports Church trauma programmes
by Maria Lozano.
The international pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is supporting the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka in its efforts to assist the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place on Easter Sunday. In April of this year, Islamist suicide bombers claimed the lives of almost 300 people and injured more than 500 in three Christian churches as well as three hotels. Thanks to a large wave of solidarity throughout the country and from the Sri Lankan diaspora living abroad, as well as immediate relief measures from parts of the government, it has been possible to quickly rebuild the two Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Colombo that had been destroyed during the attacks.
Fr. Jude Raj with victims, St. Anthony´s Shrine. Photographer: Stephan Baier. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.