Catholic Church condemns attack on pilgrims in TNAugust 9, 2011, 9:01 pm
By Noman Palihawadana
The Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka yesterday condemned the attack on a group of pilgrims, who were on their way to Vellankerny in South India last week, allegedly by a group of LTTE supporters.
"Over 100 Sri Lankan’s who were members of the Dehiyangatha Parish in Ja-Ela, accompanied by Rev Fr Terrence Bodiyabaduge and Rev Fr Patrick Perera, were the victims," the church said.
The Sri Lanka Catholic Church also made a request to its counterpart in India to make proper security arrangements for the pilgrims who are visiting the religious site and ensure their safety.
It is the first time that a group of Catholic pilgrims had been threatened in this manner, a senior member of the church said.
It was revealed that the South Indian police had tightened security in the area surrounding the Vellankerny church following the attack.
A large number of Catholic devotees visit the Vellamkerny church during this period.
Last Updated Sep 27 2016 | 10:16 pm