Security upped in NYC as faithful celebrate Easter, mourn Sri Lanka victims

Adam Warner
April 21, 2019 - 10:54 am
St. Patricks Cathedral Easter

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Worshipers came to St. Patrick’s Cathedral from far and wide Sunday with both joy for the Easter Holiday but also sadness about the bombings that killed hundreds in Sri Lanka.

Police were patrolling St. Pat’s following the bombings, which killed more than 200 people and injured many hundreds more.

The NYPD said there was no specific or credible threat against the cathedral but that it was continuing to monitor the events in Sri Lanka. 

"In light of the events resulting in mass casualties in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the NYPD has implemented heightened security measures," said NYPD Sgt. Brendan Ryan in a statement. He added that officers will be making "periodic visits to all houses of worship, giving special attention to those with Easter Services."


Many worshippers said they felt it was important to attend.

Sarah from Seattle said we’re living in a “crazy world right now.”

“It makes you want to have faith even more. That’s the way I feel. It drives you closer to God. That’s all you can do is pray because there’s madness.”

“It breaks my heart,” Christen from North Carolina said. “We should not live in a world like that where you cannot come and celebrate our Lord.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered the homily, rejoicing in the holiday but also remembering victims killed a world away.

"Lord hear our prayer for those Christians in Sri Lanka -- close to 200 -- who were massacred this Easter morning while at church," he said. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded to the bombings on Twitter, calling the attacks "horrific" and "heartbreaking."

The Easter Parade along Fifth Avenue was going on as scheduled Sunday morning.

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