MEMORIAL SERVICE AND INTERFAITH OBSERVANCES HELD IN VIENNA TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE EASTER SUNDAY ATTACK IN SRI LANKA

Mrs. Irosha Cooray/ Chargé d'Affaires a.i. and the staff of the Mission attended for the memorial services conducted by Franz Scharl, Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar Bishop of Vienna held at the St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna on 27 April 2019 to pay tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka. This Commemoration ceremony marked the interreligion solidarity with participation of Head of the Islamic Prison Chaplaincy and representative of the Islamic Faith Community, Austrian Catholics, numerous other Muslim and Buddhists as well as six Catholic priests from Sri Lanka. The Service was followed by a candle procession on St. Stephen’s Square and a time of Silence.

The Chargé d'Affaires and the staff of the Mission also participated for a religious event organized by Ven. Seelarathana Thero at the Dhamma-Zentrum Nyanaponika in Vienna on 28 April 2019. This event was attended by six Catholic priests from Sri Lanka, Austrians and Sri Lankan community in Vienna.

The Condolence book was opened for general public signature at the chancery from 23rd to 27th April 2019. While condemning the terrorist attacks the representatives of Diplomatic corps including Ambassadors, NGOs, and Business organizations and general public has expressed their deepest condolence on the tremendous loss of lives and casualties. Most of them have highlighted the importance of the global unity against the terrorism and their cooperation for Sri Lanka on this hour of tragedy.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission
Vienna, Austria
02 May 2019

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