Apr 21, Colombo: Pope Francis has condemned the Easter Sunday attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which killed at least 207 people and wounded more than 450 others.
"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."
Speaking words of solidarity at the conclusion of his Easter Urbi et Orbi address to the faithful in St. Peterís Square, the Pope said the multiple attacks on churches and hotels around Sri Lanka "have wrought grief and sorrow".
"I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished," he said, "and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event."
Several world leaders have also condemned the multiple attacks.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemning the 'horrific' blasts said India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.
"Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka. My thoughts are with the bereaved families and prayers with the injured."
In a twitter message, Indian President Ramnath Kovind said such senseless violence aimed at innocent people has no place in a civilized society.
"India condemns the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and offers its condolences to the people and government of the country. Such senseless violence, aimed at innocent people, has no place in civilized society. We stand in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka."
In a twitter message, Pakistani Premier Imran Khan strongly condemned the "horrific terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday resulting in precious lives lost & hundreds injured. My profound condolences go to our Sri Lankan brethren. Pakistan stands in complete solidarity with Sri Lanka in their hour of grief."
The U.S. President Donald Trump taking to Twitter said "The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka. We stand ready to help!"
British Prime Minister Theresa May said the acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are "truly appalling" and expressed her deepest sympathies go out to all of those affected at this tragic time. "We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear," she said on Twitter.
French President Emmanuel Macron said "We are deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. We firmly condemn these odious acts. We stand by the people of Sri Lanka and our thoughts go out to the loved ones of the victims on this Easter Sunday."
In a Twitter message, U.S. Secretary of State said "The U.S. condemns in the strongest terms the Easter morning terror attacks in Sri Lanka. These attacks demonstrate the brutal nature of terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace & security. We offer our deepest condolences and stand with the government & people of Sri Lanka."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sends her condolences to the people of Sri Lanka and deplores the attacks as "shocking."
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says in a twitter message that all will be in solidarity with Sri Lanka against terrorism, the common enemy of humanity and global peace.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in a message offering prayers for the victims of the attacks, as well as his heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and sympathies to the wounded said Japan expresses sincere solidarity with Sri Lankan people to overcome this difficult time.
"Such act of terrorism cannot be justified and Japan firmly condemns it. Japan is firmly committed to combatting terrorism in cooperation with Sri Lanka and the international community," he said.
Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said "Horrified by the terrible attacks on this Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. Our thoughts are with the victims, including one Dutch national at this moment. The Netherlands has passed its heartfelt condolences to the Sri Lankan people. We stand with you.