Cardinal Ranjith of Sri Lanka has announced that all Catholic masses will be cancelled this sunday amid what he has described as reliable reports of another potential terrorist attack according to a report:
Card. Malcolm Ranjith, archbishop of Colombo, announced the cancellation of all the masses scheduled for next Sunday, May 5th. Just two days ago the cardinal had established the resumption of liturgical services in the churches of Sri Lanka , after the serious attacks on Easter Sunday against three churches and three hotels in Colombo.
The cardinal said he received “information from reliable sources abroad” informing him of “possible new attacks on the weekend against a famous Catholic church and a school”. From here, yesterday, the decision to keep churches and even Catholic schools closed “until further news”.
For Monday, May 6, the government has decided to resume lessons in public schools. Across the country there are 10,194, and for each of them the authorities have guarded a security agent. Akila Kariyawasam, Education Minister, said: “We have been assured that all schools will be searched and secured to resume the new school term.”
Meanwhile, the toll from the massacres carried out while the faithful attended Easter services and crowded the hotel restaurant area, has risen to 257 deaths, compared to the 253 previously recognized. Of these, at least 40 are foreigners and 50 are children.
The police have arrested more than 150 suspects, but it is still not clear who the principals were. The names and photographs of nine alleged attackers responsible for the attacks were released on May 1st. According to the agents, all the kamikazes would be affiliated to the local Islamic group National Thowheed Jamath, the same one that appears in the information published by India before the massacre (and ignored by the intelligence services) and that Colombo continues to consider the perpetrator material , even if the Islamic State has claimed the authorship of the bombs.
Today, Friday of prayer for Muslims, Islamic leaders call on the faithful to return to pray in mosques, while on Friday last week they suggested staying in homes. (source, source)
Right now there is a lot of terrorism taking place around the world by Muslims against Christians. However, I advised before to be careful with this situation in Sri Lanka, as there is much evidence of greater forces at play that are using the natural dysfunction of Islam as a cover for even more insidious actions.
Expect to see more frequent attacks against Christian in South Asia, and expect them to be more severe in nature. Likewise, do not just expect them from Muslims, but watch carefully for actions by Hindu and Buddhist nationalists, who are asserting themselves and are looking to used the violence of Islam to justify their own militarization so they can eventually do what the Muslims have done to Christians in many nations, but this time on a much greater and more intense scale.
Many people speak of Africa as a major center of persecution, and it is, but India and the Indian geopolitical sphere is upcoming, as the situation for Christians there consistently has worsened with each year.