SHILLONG, April 22 - The Catholic Association of Shillong Archdiocese would hold a mass and memorial service for the Sri Lanka bomb blast victims on April 24 at 5.30 pm at the Cathedral Church of Mary Help of Christians here.
Secretary of the Catholic Association, Shillong, Barnabas Nongbah said the prayers are being offered for the almost 300 persons who died in the bomb blasts.
�Prayers would be offered for the victims of the bomb blasts and for invoking God�s blessings for world peace,� Nongbah said.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church of the Shillong Archdiocese, expressed �shock and distress� over the deaths in churches and hotels, across Sri Lanka, on Easter Sunday morning.
It has strongly condemned the �senseless act of terror resulting in the death and injury of innocent lives and the destruction of property.�
While conveying heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Nongbah said the Catholic faithful also entreated in their prayers for the early recovery of the many injured in the attacks.
�As a mark of solidarity,� he informed, �all our churches in the Shillong Archdiocese will offer holy masses for the departed and injured throughout the week,� he added.
ITANAGAR Correspondent adds: The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association has condemned the �senseless� Sri Lanka terror attacks in its strongest terms and offered its prayer for the victims of the bomb blasts as well as for world peace.
�The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) is deeply shocked to learn that Church goers who were attending mass on the occasion of Easter Sunday have became soft target for terrorist groups who have conducted bomb blasts in three churches and five other locations in Sri Lanka.
�We offer our prayers for the more than 217 persons who have died and more than 500 people injured in the bomb blasts and our condolences to the bereaved families,� APCA said while praying for early recovery of those injured in these attacks. �We strongly condemn this senseless act of terror which has resulted in the death, injury of innocent lives and the destruction of property,� stated the church body.