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Colombian cardinal criticizes bomb investigation in Sri Lanka

RC Archbishop of Colombo Revd Malcolm Ranjith has criticized the Sri Lankan government’s investigation into the bombings that killed 269 people on Easter Day 2019 (News, April 26, 2019), Vatican News reports. “It is clear from this process that after so long, the government has no interest in finding out the truth about the attack and they will cover it up and wash their hands,” he said. Last week, the attorney general’s office brought 23,270 indictments against 25 people in connection with the attacks. Cardinal Ranjith suggested that this “could be an attempt to catch the smaller fish and release the sharks”. Last month, he sent a letter to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa alleging that intelligence officials knew and had met the attackers. He called on the country’s Catholics to hoist a black flag on Saturday “as a strong symbol of silent protest”.

Pope thanks the author for highlighting the exploitation

An Italian novelist, Maurizio Maggiani, who discovered that his books were printed by exploitative workers in Pakistan, has led Pope Francis to warn that “even literature – bread of souls and expression of the human spirit – is injured by the greed of exploitation that takes place in the shadows and obliterates faces and names. ”Vatican News reports that Pope Francis replied to a letter from Mr Maggiani published on the Il Secolo XIX news site in which he asked:“ Is it worth it to to produce beauty thanks to the labor of slaves? ”In his reply, the Pope wrote:“ Publish

Charity tells about discrimination against Christians in Vietnam

SIX Christian families in North Vietnam said they were denied water tanks as part of a government initiative to help villagers store rainwater, Open Doors reported this month. In a charity press release, a pastor reported that local officials said, “You are Christians, we are not responsible for you. Go ask your church to help you. If you want the help, return to our culture and worship our ancestors again. If you don’t, you don’t expect to receive anything. ”Rainwater is the primary source of water for residents. Vietnam has been identified as a country of particular concern by the US Secretary of State for serious violations of religious freedom.

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