Apr 21, Colombo: The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith utterly condemned the explosions that occurred at several places across the island this morning (21).
Addressing the media, the Cardinal requested the public to remain calm and not to take law into their own hands. He asked the government to conduct an impartial inquiry and punish the perpetrators mercilessly.
"It's a very very sad day for all of us. I wish to express my deepest sorrow and sympathy to all those families that have lost someone and also to those that have been injured and rendered destitute. I would like to call upon all to pray that all those who are injured may be healed soon and all these families who lost some one may be consoled.
"I condemn to the utmost of my capacity this act that has caused so much of death and suffering to the people."
"I also like to ask the government to hold a very impartial and strong inquiry and find out who is responsible behind this act, and also to punish them, mercilessly, because only animals can behave like that. I also wish to condemn this act in the strongest possible terms, and I ask all our Sri Lankan people not to take law into their own hands, and to maintain peace and harmony in this country."
Meanwhile, all the Easter services that were scheduled for this evening were cancelled due to the existing situation, the Catholic Archbishop's House stated.