Guam – Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes of the Archdiocese of Hagåtña has issued a statement asking for the community to pray for the victims of the Sri Lanka bombings and the recent earthquakes in the Philippines.
On the bombings in Sri Lanka, Byrnes said, “I ask all people to pray for the victims of the catastrophic bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.”
“The death toll of innocent Christians and others slaughtered by terrorists is well over 300 and continues to grow. Many more have been injured. We cannot comprehend how humans can destroy so many innocent lives with such coldness. We pray for love to replace hate.”
According to media reports, three churches, three luxury hotels, and other areas were targeted in a series of coordinated suicide bombings.
On the earthquakes in the Philippines, Byrnes said “In our prayers and masses, please also remember the people of the Philippines, especially those who have been killed, wounded or are still missing after earthquakes of 6.1 and 6.3 magnitude struck the country this past Monday and Tuesday.
Two major earthquakes hit the Philippines leaving casualties and infrastructure damage in its wake. The first earthquake shook the Philippines on Monday at around 7:11 p.m, according to the USGS. The epicenter of the 6.1 earthquakes was located in Castillejos, Zambales, a Central Luzon province north of Manila.
Philippine-based media reported casualties in Pampanga following the collapse of Chuzon Supermarket and other property damage. Due to the extent of destruction in the province, the government declared Pampanga under a state of calamity.