It is appalling that acts of violence should be perpetrated on one of the most important days in the Christian calendar, targeting both Christians celebrating Easter and tourists visiting Sri Lanka.
People of faith and faith-based organisations must continue to stand together so that communities can practise their faith without fear. We will be working together to offer support to those most affected. We will not allow hatred to divide us, and we are determined to focus on our common agenda of alleviating the poverty and suffering that afflict all communities.
As faith-based development and humanitarian organisations, it is our job to help save lives, help people live to their full potential and to work with people of all faiths and none. We condemn terrorism and abhor acts of violence against civilians. Our Christian and Islamic faiths are based on peace, love and harmony. We are praying for those affected by this terrible tragedy."
Director of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)