Catholic Church condemns attack on pilgrims in TN

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.

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