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Catholic Charities Responds: Caritas Sri Lanka Supports Victims of Easter Bombings

The people of Sri Lanka praying The Rosary Following the terror attacks. Image: Getty Images

Caritas Sri Lanka is on the ground and in the community, helping those impacted. Staff teams have begun the process of making one-on-one visits to those affected in the areas of Katuwapitiya, Negombo, and Colombo. Assistance is needed to provide survivors with medical supplies, prosthetic equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches, and psychological supports for victims. The Easter Sunday attacks claimed the lives of over 250 people, injured more than 700, and left 46 children orphaned.  

Since the attacks, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and Diocesan priests have visited and celebrated Mass in the homes of people who lost a loved ones.  Caritas Sri Lanka along with its partner Caritas Colombo, and the Archdiocese of Colombo will also provide educational support for children who lost parents in the attacks and will require assistance to fund the coordination of relief and recovery efforts. 

There are approximately 50,000 Sri Lankans in the New York metropolitan area, with 5,000 residing on Staten Island. On Sunday, May 12th at 6:00 PM, Timothy Cardinal Dolan will celebrate a Mass with the Sri Lankan community at St. Adalbert’s Church on Staten Island.  Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York stands in solidarity with and prays for all victims of violence and persecution. At this time, we pray especially for those in Sri Lanka.  

Through our immigration services Catholic Charites has been proud to serve numerous Sri Lankans through the years. Sadly, we have also represented more that 20 individuals from various countries in their petitions seeking safety in the United States from religious persecution in their home countries.  

Emergencies and disasters often-times evoke solidarity where people want to support others who live far away in their times need. To learn more about the work being done in Sri Lanka, visit Caritas Sri Lanka. You may also donate to help the people of Sri Lanka.