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Thursday 22 August 2019

Archbishop 'frightened' by return of terrorist attacks

 

Mass: President Michael D Higgins attended the Mass at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral yesterday. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Mass: President Michael D Higgins attended the Mass at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral yesterday. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Sarah MacDonald

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has said it is "frightening" that terrorist violence has returned so quickly to the North and Sri Lanka.

At a Mass in St Mary's Pro Cathedral yesterday in memory of the victims of the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, Diarmuid Martin said both Sri Lanka and Ireland have both known violence and the joy of an emerging peace.

He told the congregation, - which included President Michael D Higgins, members of the 3,000-strong Sri Lankan community here, and Honorary Consul General of Sri Lanka to Ireland, chef Darina Allen - that an attack on a minority is an attack on the entire population.

"Men and women of violence betray the deep desire of humanity the world over for a future of peace," he said.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dr Martin said it was "frightening" that violence could return so quickly to Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka. He added, "To those who think that violence is the answer - it isn't."

Meanwhile, speaking in Armagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin said the atrocities in Sri Lanka were a reminder that violence against Christians is increasing.

Irish Independent

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