Sri Lankans hold first Sun­day Mass since bomb­ings

The Tribune (SLO) - - News -

The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka held the first reg­u­lar Sun­day Mass since the Easter sui­cide bomb­ings of churches and ho­tels killed more than 250 people.

Mil­i­tary forces and police armed with as­sault ri­fles pa­trolled the streets lead­ing to churches and stood guard out­side the com­pounds. Every­one en­ter­ing was re­quired to produce iden­tity cards and was body searched.

Volunteers were sta­tioned at the gates of churches to iden­tify parish­ioners.

Park­ing was banned near the churches and of­fi­cials re­quested wor­ship­pers to bring along only min­i­mum bag­gage.

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