[Anglican Communion News Service] The Bishop of Colombo Dhiloraj Canagasabey, the senior bishop of the Church of Ceylon, has urged Sri Lankans to unite and appreciate religious and ethnic diversity. Speaking to reporters, Dhiloraj issued a “humble and earnest” appeal “to the intelligentsia of this country, to all religious leaders, civil society, youth leaders and all our citizens who truly love this land, to come together to overcome all … ethnic, religious and ideological divisions and to formulate policies and to mobilize the people to rebuild our dear, shattered motherland.”
He also issued urged an end to the demonization of the country’s Muslim community following the Easter Day massacre in which 257 people were killed when Islamist terrorists attacked churches and hotels in the country. He described Sri Lankan Muslims as “our fellow citizens” who had “lived with us in this country for many hundreds of years.”
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