Churches reopen in Sri Lanka four weeks after Easter Day bombings

May 31, 2019 by

from Barnabas Fund:

Services resumed on Sunday 19 May at Sri Lankan churches that had been closed for four weeks following the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in which 253 people died and more than 500 were injured.

Police advised prominent churches on the island to close their buildings temporarily after the Islamic State terrorist attacks on 21 April. Security was also tightened and police patrols increased for the prominent churches that remained open.

Police also advised the denominations to give them information about church meeting venues of which they were unaware so they could be protected. But this left many congregations in a quandary, especially house church movements, convert groups and those who worship in rented premises. In recent years the Sri Lankan government has been trying to force churches to be registered, so offering the police information about their meeting places so that they can be given protection in the short-term could open them up to harassment and problems in the long-term.

Schools, including Christian schools, are also reopening and children “are slowly returning”, according to Barnabas Fund contacts.

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