The bombed church of Sri Lanka is partially opened for prayers

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka ' S St. Anthony ' S Church Partially Opened For Worship Tuesday, Even When Security Forces Rebuilt A Shrine Inside Easter Suicide Attacks. The Believers Were Allowed To Visit A Part Of The Church To Pray For An Image Of Saint Anthony, Said Father Edmond Tilakaratne, Spokesperson For The Archbishop Of Cardinal.

The Church Is Today Partially Opened Under Very Strict Security, Tilakaratne Told AFP. Renovations Are Already Underway. He Said That For 12 Hours Pilgrims May Enter The Special Part Of The Church.

Three Policemen And Three Women Fluttered Pilgrims In Line To Enter Sanctuary While Heavily Armed Navy Staff And Police Were Guarding.

The Church From 1740 Shares A Border Wall With The Port Of Colombo. New Steel Barricades Were Constructed On Tuesday To Prevent Vehicles From Gaining Access To The Church Building.

St. Anthony ' S Was One Of The Three Churches Attacked By Jihadist Suicide Terrorists In Coordinated Attacks Also Targeted At Three Luxury Hotels In Colombo On April 21

In Total, 257 People Were Killed And Nearly 500 Injured. At Least 44 Foreigners Were Among The Dead. Almost 50 Of The Victims Were Young Children.

St. Anthony ' It Is Not Only Revered By Catholics, But Also By Followers Of Other Religions In This Majority Of The Buddhist Nation.

Christians Make Up 7.5 Percent Of The 21 Million Population Of The Majority Buddhist Sri Lanka. (AFP) AMS AMS

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