Press releases

May 3, 2019
Commemorative Event for the Victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

On May 3, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, spoke at the commemorative event for the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka that was organized by the President of the General Assembly and by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka.  

In his remarks, Archbishop Auza expressed the sincerest condolences and promise of prayers to the Delegation and people of Sri Lanka over the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred on April 21, claiming the lives of 253 people. He reiterated the words and spiritual closeness of Pope Francis on Easter morning. He said that words are not enough in response to such heinous, unjustifiable, inhuman crimes, but that the plague of terrorism must be attacked at its roots. One of the necessary actions in the fight against terrorism is to describe attacks by their proper name and that involves in the case of the Easter attacks, acknowledging the anti-Christian nature of them as an instance of what the General Assembly recently described as Christianophobia. Terrorist attacks, he said, are always and everywhere deplorable, but attacks on religious believers at worship, like happened in Sri Lanka, are the most shameful and cowardly attack against peace imaginable.

His remarks can be found here.