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ABAM flays SL attacks; Bishop calls for special prayers

DIMAPUR, APR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/24/2019 11:24:16 AM IST

Ao Baptist Church Association (ABAM) Wednesday condemned the coordinated bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday that killed more than 350 people while Bishop of Kohima has requested for special prayers in all the Catholic Churches and communities for the victims. In a press note, ABAM executive secretary described Easter as “one of the glorious days in the history of Christianity”, adding that Easter Sunday was “a day of victory and life but not defeat nor death.”

ABAM stated that every Christian observes Easter Sunday with a hope of an everlasting life after one completes his/her allotted days and years from God. Citing Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men to die, but after this the judgment”, ABAM, however, said that such an unnatural and demonic act that killed so many believers during the Easter “Mass” and many innocent people in different locations in Colombo was beyond human normality and tolerance.  “We believe that all the victims have gained their eternal home. But the questions arise as to where is the world heading to? Where is the security? How long can one give his/her life to kill innocent people without reason?” ABAM stated. 

Stating that such act was in total contravention of the law of God, ABAM said God will surely repay to those involved in this blatant act. “But we cannot just wait on God to act upon now, but do some prevention programmes all over to provide general safety as suicide bombing is becoming a culture,” ABAM underlined. Terming the attack as “lunatic”, the ABAM has appealed to all in power to initiate preventive measure so as to give general public assured security and safety and obliterate those heinous activities.

To show solidarity with the bereaved families, ABAM has appealed to all the Churches under the aegis of ABAM to hold one minute silent prayer followed by a mass prayer for the bereaved families during Sunday worship service on April 28, 2019.

Special prayers

Bishop of Kohima, the Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil has requested for special prayers in all the Catholic Churches and Communities for the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. In a press release, Bishop’s house stated that the Most Reverend described those attacks were “extremely evil” and “blasphemous”. He said that killing people while praying was clear proof that those behind the terror have no humanity or religion, adding that it was the extreme form of human depravity and bigotry. 

He said that all forms of violence against human being must be abjured and killing of innocent people must be stopped. 

“The Catholic Churches observes the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday and it is fitting that we implore God’s mercy on the innocent victims of human depravity and also pray for forgiveness and conversion of those who perpetuate violence in all forms,” Rev. Dr. Thoppil said. 

He also asked the believers to continue to pray for peace and strive for peaceful solutions to human problems.


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