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‘God cannot be used for terrorism’

Cardinal Fernando Filoni
Cardinal Fernando Filoni

God cannot be used for terrorism, said Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples in the Roman Curia, during an interview in Colombo recently.

The Cardinal went on to say that “God should not used to justify terrorism or other interests whether political or economic, if they are inimical to society. We should understand that we live in a wicked world; we are called to make peace and foster understanding, respect, and love.”

Cardinal Filoni was responding to a question raised by Rev. Fr. Camillus Fernando, Editor of Gnaanartha Pradeepaya, in the interview he had with the visiting dignitary for the readers of Sinhala Catholic weekly.

The question posed by Fr. Fernando to the representative of Pope Francis was “In a world where international terrorism has become a day-to-day event, how do you explain the massacring of Catholics on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka?”

The Cardinal said it was very unfortunate that along with other problems, there is terrorism as well. A religion which shows no respect for other religions cannot be a true religion.

Cardinal Filoni visited Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings, bringing the message of closeness and solidarity of Pope Francis to the Christian community recovering after the Easter Sunday attacks, including the relatives of the victims of the bomb blasts, Vatican News said.

He also visited both St Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade and St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya.

The Vatican representative joined the foundation stone laying ceremony at St. Anthony’s Shrine, for the construction of a museum to house the relics of St. Anthony. A part of this new building would also be used to offer free meals to the poor daily.

Cardinal Filoni flew to Colombo from Thailand after officiating at the ceremony to mark the 350th anniversary of Catholic Missions in Thailand.


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