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Charity appeal for Sri Lanka

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The injured grandmother of Shaini, 13, who died as bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, mourns at her wake in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on 22 April 2019. Photo: CNS, Athit Perawongmetha, Reuters

Aid to the Church in Need has launched an appeal to support the Church in Sri Lanka following the tragic Easter Sunday bombings.

Donations can be made online.

ACN, a pontifical charity founded at the end of World War II to support Christians in need and those persecuted for their faith, has supported the Church in Sri Lanka for decades.

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While ACN’s support for the Church in Sri Lanka has been focused on works such as supporting the formation of seminarians and religious, building churches and supporting faith education, ACN Australia Director Bernard Toutounji said other needs were, for the time being, more important.

“At this moment the most pressing work of the Church in Sri Lanka is the burying of the dead and the consoling of the faithful,” he said in a statement issued this week.

“However we want to be ready to support the Sri Lankan Bishops and the local Church to rebuild their places of worship and heal their wounds as well.”

However while donations were important material support he asked for prayers for those suffering in the country.

“Above all, please join us in continuing to pray for the Catholic people in Sri Lanka and all those affected by these violent attacks,” he urged.

Donations can be made at: www.aidtochurch.org/SriLanka