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Sri Lanka: St. Anthony's shrine briefly reopens for prayers after Easter bombings01:15

Sri Lanka: St. Anthony's shrine briefly reopens for prayers after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka, Colombo
May 8, 2019 at 12:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

St. Anthony's shrine partially reopened for worship in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Tuesday, which has been closed since it became one of the sites attacked and damaged in the Easter Sunday bombings that claimed 253 lives and left more than 500 injured.

Worshippers were allowed inside a small portion of the church for a period of 12 hours, and lined up before a statue of St. Anthony while heavily armed security forces stood outside. People also received the blessing of local priests and lit candles outside the church.

St. Anthony's shrine was one of the religious sites targeted in Easter Sunday's coordinated attacks, alongside the Catholic Church of St. Sebastian in Negombo, the evangelical Zion Church in Batticaloa and three luxury hotels in the capital. More than 50 people are reported to have been killed at St. Anthony's alone.

Sri Lanka: St. Anthony's shrine briefly reopens for prayers after Easter bombings01:15
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St. Anthony's shrine partially reopened for worship in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo on Tuesday, which has been closed since it became one of the sites attacked and damaged in the Easter Sunday bombings that claimed 253 lives and left more than 500 injured.

Worshippers were allowed inside a small portion of the church for a period of 12 hours, and lined up before a statue of St. Anthony while heavily armed security forces stood outside. People also received the blessing of local priests and lit candles outside the church.

St. Anthony's shrine was one of the religious sites targeted in Easter Sunday's coordinated attacks, alongside the Catholic Church of St. Sebastian in Negombo, the evangelical Zion Church in Batticaloa and three luxury hotels in the capital. More than 50 people are reported to have been killed at St. Anthony's alone.

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