Catholics in Sri Lanka celebrate mass via TV amid new warnings

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Catholics Celebrate Sunday Mass At Home For A Second Week Because Churches Stay Closed After Reports Of Possible New Attacks By Islamic Extremists.

Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, Archbishop Of Colombo, Offered A Television Broadcast From His Residence That Was Attended Mainly By Priests And Nuns.

A Letter Addressed To Him Was Read Out At The End Of The Service In Which The Pope Said That He Prayed That Hearts Hardened By Hatred Could Evade His Will For Peace And Reconciliation Between All His Children. ' '

In St. Anthony ' S Shrine In Colombo, One Of The Sites That Have Been The Target Of Suicide Bombings In Which 257 People Have Been Killed, Mass Was Celebrated For A Small Group Of Children And Young People As A Means Of Inner Healing.