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Catholics hold first Sunday Mass in Sri Lanka since terror attacks

Updated : 2019-05-12 16:23:09

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.

Sri Lankan army commando soldiers secure the St. Lucia's Cathedral during a holy mass held to bless the victims of Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In the two Sundays that followed Easter, most churches were closed with armed guards. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan army commando soldiers secure the St. Lucia's Cathedral during a holy mass held to bless the victims of Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In the two Sundays that followed Easter, most churches were closed with armed guards. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan roman catholic priest prays at the St. Lucia's Cathedral during a holy mass held to bless victims of Easter Sunday attacks. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan roman catholic priest prays at the St. Lucia's Cathedral during a holy mass held to bless victims of Easter Sunday attacks. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan army commando soldier stands guard at the St. Lucia's Cathedral. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan army commando soldier stands guard at the St. Lucia's Cathedral. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan Catholic survivor looks skywards during a holy mass held to bless victims of Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A Sri Lankan Catholic survivor looks skywards during a holy mass held to bless victims of Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan Catholic nuns push a wheelchair carrying a survivor of the Easter Sunday attack for a holy mass held to bless the victims of the attacks in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan Catholic nuns push a wheelchair carrying a survivor of the Easter Sunday attack for a holy mass held to bless the victims of the attacks in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A survivor of the Easter Sunday attack arrives to attend a holy mass held to bless the victims of the attacks. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
A survivor of the Easter Sunday attack arrives to attend a holy mass held to bless the victims of the attacks. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan police officers stand guard at the entrance to St. Lucia's cathedral. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan police officers stand guard at the entrance to St. Lucia's cathedral. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan Catholic survivors pray during a holy mass held to bless victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan Catholic survivors pray during a holy mass held to bless victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
The archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith addresses survivors during a holy mass. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
The archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith addresses survivors during a holy mass. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan army soldier secures the St. Lucia's cathedral as Catholic nuns attend a holy mass. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lankan army soldier secures the St. Lucia's cathedral as Catholic nuns attend a holy mass. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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