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Catholic bishops call for peaceful co-existence

There should be only one law in the country irrespective of any religious or ethnic difference, and people will experience true peace and freedom only when truth and justice are restored, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka (CBCSL) said.

Issuing a statement yesterday, it said this was a time to forget political differences and personal agendas and think about the security of the country and its people.

“Normalcy cannot be restored unless the security of the people is guaranteed,” the statement said.

Urging the need for eschewing any form of extremism, the CBCSL stressed that violence can never be accepted in the name of religion: “Interreligious harmony and peaceful co-existence have to be safeguarded at any cost to protect this nation.”

The statement said the CBCSL expects the government to conduct an impartial inquiry to find the real culprits behind the attacks and bring them to book immediately.

The CBCSL also appreciated the commitment of the Security Forces and the Police to bring the situation under control and stated that their efforts should be continued until complete safety is assured. The Bishops also appreciated the prudent and restrained response of the people demonstrated in the aftermath of such a brutal attack.

“We have joined hands with the leaders of the other religions appealing for justice which will pave the way for reconciliation, peace, and unity in our country,” the statement read. 


 

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