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China censors ‘Bible, ‘God’ from children’s books: report

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China is removing religious references from children’s books, according to a watchdog group.

The Ministry of Education is censoring words like “Bible,” “God,” and “Christ” from classic children’s stories designed to help middle schoolers “understand other cultures,” Asia News reported.

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The Communist Party government swapped out “Bible” in “Robinson Crusoe” written by Daniel Defoe for “book.”

Chinese officials changed “when a star falls, a soul goes to be with God” in “The Little Match Girl” by Hans Christian Anderson to read: “when a star falls, a person leaves this world.”

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Asia News also notes censorship is happening at the university level, where professors have banned classics with religious references such as “The Count of Monte Cristo” by A. Dumas, “Resurrection” by Leo Tolstoy, and “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame” by Victor Hugo.

Bob Fu, Chinese-American pastor and founder of ChinaAid, a nonprofit pushing for religious freedom and rule of law in China, wrote about such practices in a Fox News op-ed last year about China’s crackdown on organized religion.

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“The government’s repression against the churches is being done in the name of President Xi Jinping’s “sinicization” campaign, ostensibly to strengthen Chinese culture,” Fu said. “However, it increasingly appears aimed at removing the Bible and its teachings from Chinese Christianity.”

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Fired Australian rugby player Israel Folau sues federation, claims contract unlawfully ended over Christian beliefs

The Australian rugby player who was fired earlier this year for writing on social media that “hell awaits” gay people has sued Australia Rugby and his former team, claiming that his contract was unlawfully ended over his Christian beliefs.

Israel Folau launched a court action against the federation and the NSW Waratahs this week after mediation attempts in the country’s main workplace relations tribunal broke down in June.

“Unfortunately, our conciliation before the Fair Work Commission did not resolve the matters between us and I have been left with no choice but to commence court action,” Folau said in a statement, according to the Guardian.

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Israel Folau speaks to media following his conciliation meeting with Rugby Australia at Fair Work Commission on June 28, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.  (Getty)

The 30-year-old rugby player’s career ended in May after he posted an image on social media saying “Hell awaits you!” with a list of sinners, including “homosexuals, adulterers, liars.” He said these “sinners” must repent to Jesus to be saved.

The Tongan-Australian athlete was a key player for the Australian national side at the time. He has been capped 62 times for his country, scoring 32 tries.

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Rugby Australia terminated his four-year contact – 10 days after an independent panel found Folau guilty of a high-level breach of the players’ code of conduct for his contentious post in mid-April.

In his lawsuit, Folau is seeking $6.8 million in compensation and a return to the national side, BBC reported.

“I confirm I have commenced court proceedings against Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “Thank you to those who have supported me over this journey – it has meant so much to Maria and me. God bless.”

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His firing sparked a debate in Australia about freedom of speech and the right of players to express their beliefs.

“I believe it is my duty as a Christian to share God’s word,” Folau said at the time. “Upholding my religious beliefs should not prevent my ability to work or play for my club and country.”

Folau has drawn support from vocal Christian lobby groups. In June, he raised more than $1.3 million in a crowd-funding campaign by the Australian Christian Lobby.

An earlier fundraiser had been shut down by GoFundMe after the platform said Folau’s cause promoted discrimination.

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“I have been blessed to have received the support of tens of thousands of Australians throughout my journey, and I want to say thank you to everyone who has offered their prayers and support. It has meant so much to [wife] Maria and me over the last few months and gives us strength for the road ahead,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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1,700-year-old recently discovered Christian letter offers clues into how faithful lived centuries ago

Researchers unveiled a rare 1,700-year-old letter that they said sheds new light into how early Christian believers lived.

The letter, which is at least 40 to 50 years older than all other known Christian documentary letters outside the Bible, is written by a man named “Arrianus.” It was addressed to his brother, “Paulus,” likely named after the Apostle Paul who recorded much of the New Testament, and dates back to the 230s AD.

In the letter, Arrianus discusses their faith, local politics, and food under the Roman Empire.

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“The earliest Christians in the Roman Empire are usually portrayed as eccentrics who withdrew from the world and were threatened by persecution. This is countered by the contents of the Basel papyrus letter,” said Sabine Huebner, professor of Ancient History at the University of Basel in Switzerland, where the letter is housed. “The letter contains indications that in the early third century, Christians were living outside the cities in the Egyptian hinterland, where they held political leadership positions and did not differ from their pagan environment in their everyday lives.”

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The world`s oldest autograph by a Christian. (University of Basel)

The document stands out from other preserved letters of Greco-Roman Egypt because of the author’s abbreviated use of the concluding phrase: “I pray that you fare well ‘in the Lord.'”

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“The use of this abbreviation – known as a nomen sacrum in this context – leaves no doubt about the Christian beliefs of the letter writer,”  Huebner said. “It is an exclusively Christian formula that we are familiar with from New Testament manuscripts.”

She notes the name Paulus is revealing and “was an extremely rare name at that time” indicating that the “parents mentioned in the letter were Christians” and “named their son after the apostle as early as 200 AD.”

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Arrianus and his brother Paulus were educated sons of the local elite, landowners and public officials.

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The translated English transcript of the Basel papyrus letter. (University of Basel)

The document, known as P.Bas 2.43, originated in the village of Theadelphia in central Egypt and belongs to the Heronius archive, the largest papyrus archive from Roman times. This rare document has been in the care of the Swiss university for the last 100 years.

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Huebner is publishing a monograph, “Papyri and the Social World of the New Testament,” with a copy of the letter, along with others illustrating the social, political, and economic life of the early Christians.

The full transcript of the letter:

“Greetings, my lord, my incomparable brother Paulus. I, Arrianus, salute you, praying that all is as well as possible in your life.

“[Since] Menibios was going to you, I thought it necessary to salute you as well as our lord father. Now, I remind you about the gymnasiarchy, so that we are not troubled here. For Heracleides would be unable to take care of it: he has been named to the city council. Find thus an opportunity that you buy the two [–] arouras.

“But send me the fish liver sauce too, whichever you think is good. Our lady mother is well and salutes you as well as your wives and sweetest children and our brothers and all our people. Salute our brothers [-]genes and Xydes. All our people salute you.

“I pray that you fare well in the Lord.”

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Jason Wright: Why God loves handprints

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Recently, I was visiting another church in another city for a meeting when I noticed tiny handprints on the glass doors. I had time to spare and my first thought was to grab a rag and some Windex and wipe them off.

Instead, I sat in a nearby chair and stared at them.

How old were the prints?

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How old were the kids who left them?

What was happening just before the moment of impact?

I answered the questions by allowing my mind to wander slowly to any Sabbath morning.

A mother and father ready their wild gaggle of children for church.

A single mom struggles to get her little ones dressed, fed and to the chapel on time.

A teenager comes with a younger sibling while their guardians guard the couch and television.

The day’s service, classes and the joyful singing are all glorious. All ages at their own level learn, worship and grow.

At the end of the meetings, hungry, pint-sized disciples of Christ wait patiently — or not — for the family to finish their foyer chats and hallway how-are-yous.

Wait! Just another two minutes. Because someone hasn’t hugged Ann yet, or maybe Penny or Deborah or Dolores.

No rush. Someone else still needs to check with Chris, Larry, Paul or the other Paul about this, that, or whatever is happening on Wednesday.

Naturally, while they wait, small hands pass time by making their mark on glass that belongs to God.

Isn’t it beautiful?

I confess my mind wandered even further that day. My thoughts flew all the way to places like Galilee, Gethsemane and Golgotha.

I pictured the hands of Savior of the world. Miraculous. Loving. Forgiving. Pierced. Bleeding. Scarred. Revealed.

They’re never hidden. His prints are everywhere!

His prints are on His scriptures, His gospel, His people.

They’re on my life and yours, if only we’ll allow them.

His prints are especially on His most beloved of all — little children.

Soon I was focused again on those dirty prints on an otherwise clean, pristine glass surface.

How gorgeous, I thought.

Loving families worshipped together.

Children were encouraged to sit still for a moment, to listen, to sing, to pray, to worship.

Where else would Christ want children on His day than in His house?

I know those prints are probably gone by now, wiped clean by well-meaning adults who rightfully desire to keep the Lord’s building clean and tidy.

But I hope they didn’t rush to wipe away the evidence that God’s children were right where they needed to be. Learning about the most holy hands in history and why those prints still matter all these years later.

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And yes, leaving a few prints of their own while they wait.

For you. For me. For Him.

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Archbishop dons hard-hat to hold first Mass in Notre Dame since devastating fire

The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Exactly two months after the blaze engulfed the landmark Gothic building in the French capital, the service was celebrated by Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit in a chapel behind the choir, a place confirmed by construction experts as safe.

French Culture Minister Franck Riester said this week the cathedral remains in a “fragile” state, especially its vaulted ceiling, which is still at risk of collapsing.

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The Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit leads the first mass in a side chapel two months to the day after a devastating fire engulfed the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, in Paris, France  (Reuters)

For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — were admitted inside the cathedral for the service, while Aupetit and others wore construction worker’s helmets. Some of the workers rebuilding the church were also invited.

Other worshippers could watch the Mass live on a Catholic TV station. The video showed some burnt wood still in the church but a famous statue of the Virgin and Child appeared intact behind wooden construction planks.

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The annual Dedication Mass commemorated the cathedral’s consecration as a place of worship.

“This cathedral is a place of worship, it is its very own and unique purpose,” Aupetit said.

One French priest called the service “a true happiness, full of hope.”

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For security reasons, only about 30 people — mainly priests, canons and church employees — were admitted inside the cathedral for the service, while Aupetit and others wore construction worker’s helmets. Some of the workers rebuilding the church were also invited. (Reuters)

“We will rebuild this cathedral. It will take time of course — a lot of money, lot of time, lot of work — but we will succeed,” Father Pierre Vivares told The Associated Press outside the cathedral. “Today it’s a small but a true victory against the disaster we have had.”

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French President Emmanuel Macron has set a goal of rebuilding it in just five years, which many experts consider unrealistic.

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Asia Bibi in Canada after fleeing Pakistan following blasphemy acquittal, lawyer says

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The Christian woman who spent years on death row in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy before she was acquitted last year has left the country for Canada, her lawyer confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.

Asia Bibi was convicted on blasphemy charges in 2009 after a quarrel with a fellow farmworker who accused her of insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

After spending eight years on death row, the 54-year-old’s conviction was overturned last year by the Supreme Court. Despite being a “free woman” after the death sentence was thrown out, she has been in protective custody since then because of religious extremists’ calls for her hanging.

She had been denied permission to leave the country for several months as the government waited for sentiments to cool.

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An official in Islamabad also confirmed to Fox News that Bibi left Pakistan to be reunited with her daughters in Canada. Her lawyer, Saif-ul Malook, said she had already arrived to Canada.

Additional information about how and when she left Pakistan was not immediately available.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted his happiness at the news of Bibi’s departure.

“Fantastic news that Asia Bibi appears to have left Pakistan safely,” he tweeted, adding that he was about to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “to talk about persecution of Christians around the world.”

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Bibi’s case brought international attention to Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law, which carries an automatic death penalty. The mere suspicion of blasphemy against Islam is enough to ignite mob lynchings in the country.

Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province, was shot and killed by one of his own guards in 2011 for defending Bibi and criticizing the misuse of the blasphemy law. The assassin, Mumtaz Qadri, has been celebrated as a martyr by hard-liners since he was hanged for the killing, with millions visiting a shrine set up for him near Islamabad. Pakistan’s minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti, was assassinated later that year after demanding justice for Bibi.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Christian persecution close to ‘genocide levels,’ largely ignored due to ‘political correctness’: report

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Political correctness contributes to alarming anti-Christian hostility around the world and caters to the terrorists trying to eradicate Christianity, an expert on religious persecution told Fox News.

The interim findings of a report, which was released last month and commissioned by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, shows that anti-Christian hostility is not only spreading geographically but also in severity, in some areas “coming close to meeting the international definition of genocide.”

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Juliana Taimoorazy, the president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and senior fellow of the Philos Project, told “America’s News HQ” on Saturday that ISIS has been committing genocide. She said while Sam Brownback, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, has done a lot, there is a need for more.

“I believe the death of most people suffering today is truly because of political correctness, because the world turns a blind eye to this, and when we are politically correct, we are sympathizing with those terrorists that are destroying communities and erasing history,” Taimoorazy said.

The report comes on the heels of the Sri Lanka massacre by Islamic radical terrorists targeting churches and hotels celebrating Easter that killed 250 and wounded more than 500, which Hunt said has “woken everyone up with an enormous shock.”

“I think we’ve all been asleep on the watch when it comes to the persecution of Christians,” Hunt told reporters during a recent visit to Ethiopia. “There are various reasons for this but…combined together, they’ve crept up on us.”

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An alarming 80 percent of all religious persecution is being done to Christians worldwide, and according to Open Doors USA, a watchdog group on Christian persecution, one out of every nine Christians worldwide is being persecuted.

“Personally, I think it is partly because of political correctness that we have avoided confronting this issue,” the Christian leader said.

“I think there is a misplaced worry that it is somehow colonialist to talk about a religion that was associated with colonial powers rather than the countries that we marched into to as colonizers,” Hunt said. “That has perhaps created an awkwardness in talking about this issue – the role of missionaries was always a controversial one and that has, I think, also led some people to shy away from this topic.”

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He added: “What we have forgotten in that atmosphere of political correctness is actually the Christians that are being persecuted are some of the poorest people on the planet.

The report shows Christians are being targeted by extremist groups surrounding the Holy Land, Sub-Saharan Africa, and East Asia.

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“The main impact of such genocidal acts against Christians is exodus,” the bishop wrote. “Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest.”

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Jonah Blank: Sri Lanka’s Easter attacks — Let’s dismantle these myths to prevent the next attack

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On Easter Sunday, a nation that had already seen far too much violence was subjected to even more. Almost simultaneously, suicide bombers hit three churches and three hotels across Sri Lanka, killing more than 250 people and wounding another 500. Before this tragedy slides into the pile of events too far away from America to generate continued attention, it is worth dismantling a few myths that might prevent better preparation for similar attacks in the future.

The first misconception is that the attacks are a continuation of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Yes, the bombings took place in this small, tortured island. Yes, the victims and the likely perpetrators were mostly local. But the audience for, and ambitions of, this assault were almost certainly global.

Even before responsibility was claimed by ISIS, this violence had no obvious connection to the quarter-century of insurgency, war crimes, and terrorism that have afflicted the nation between 1983 and 2009.

The group responsible for the bulk of the nonstate violence, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been extinct for a decade. The manner of its termination might well spark a new round of slaughter someday:

According to a United Nations estimate, perhaps 40,000 people were obliterated in the final five months of the conflict alone – most of them by the Sri Lankan military. But even if the LTTE were to come back from the grave, it would not look like this. An ethno-nationalist movement claiming to represent Tamils of the north and northeast, the LTTE had a well-defined target list (security forces, members of the majority Singhalese community) that bore no relation to the recent assaults.

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Another myth links this attack to supposed longstanding religious enmity in Sri Lanka. The country’s civil war was fought between members of different communities – but on ethnic and political grounds, not religious ones. The majority community is ethnic Singhalese, and the LTTE is ethnic Tamil, but the conflict was not based on religion.

The LTTE was always an anachronism: an old-school 20th-century national liberation movement, staggering on into the 21st century.

Most Tamils are Hindu (a significant minority are Muslim), and most Singhalese are Buddhist, but there are significant Christian communities in both groups. Sri Lanka has not been immune to religious violence, but it has tended to come from radical Buddhist militias sometimes led by militant monks.

In 2014, the Bodu Bala Sena – led by ordained monks – instigated anti-Muslim riots that caused several deaths and dozens of injuries. Muslim militias have been both the perpetrators and victims of violence. But Christians have never before been targeted for their faith. When they have killed or been killed, they have done so as Singhalese or Tamils, as civil servants or as insurgents.

A third myth is that this sort of attack couldn’t happen elsewhere. It could – and the fact that it appears to have been directed by ISIS shows that this group is very much a threat throughout the world.

The suicide bombers and local facilitators in the Easter attacks appear to have been associated with the National Towheed Jamaat – a group with no prior history of any action remotely on this scale, and no demonstrated capability to mount such an intricately-planned, ruthlessly well-executed act of mass-murder.

There aren’t a lot of groups with the expertise to carry out an operation like this. ISIS has a history of taking credit for attacks which it has merely inspired – but in this case, there was almost certainly a highly professional external sponsor. ISIS may have selected Sri Lanka this time, but it can be counted on to choose any target of opportunity.

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Perhaps the most dangerous misconception is that these attacks were retaliation for the mass shooting of worshippers at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. This claim, reportedly made by the suspects in detention, was relayed by Sri Lanka’s Minister of Defense. It may well have been what the suspects said – but it is almost certainly false.

The Easter attacks were far too complex and sophisticated to have been slapped together in the five weeks between March 15 and April 21. Each of the six sites had to be extensively surveilled, logistics arranged, supplies acquired, expert bombmakers trained or brought in. It is not very difficult to kill a dozen people. It is (fortunately) far harder to kill hundreds.

The attackers in Sri Lanka and New Zealand did share a common goal, however – to drive a wedge between Muslims and Christians worldwide, and fuel a cycle of violence between the communities across the globe. Neither group of terrorists represents its coreligionists, but both are willing – even eager – to see those who share their faith kill and be killed for it. By exploding the myths surrounding the Easter attack, perhaps we can make this more difficult for them.

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Sri Lanka emergency law bans face coverings as church urges more vigorous crackdown on militants

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Muslim women in Sri Lanka will no longer be able to cover their faces because of a new emergency law ordered by the president that bans all kinds of facing coverings that may conceal a person’s identity.

The law, which took effect Monday morning, comes eight days after the deadly Easter bombings of churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people in the South Asian country. Dozens of suspects have been arrested but local officials and the U.S. Embassy in Colombo have warned that more militants remain on the loose with explosives.

President Maithripala Sirisena proposed the law that would prohibit any face garment which “hinders identification” to ensure his office. The niqab and burka – predominately worn by Muslim women – were not specifically named.

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The decision came after the Cabinet had proposed laws on face veils at a recent meeting. It had deferred the matter until talks with Islamic clerics could be held, on the advice of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Muslim leaders criticized the move, with one person calling it the “stupidest thing to do.”

“Three days ago we took a voluntary decision regarding this,” Hilmy Ahmed, vice president of Sri Lankan organization of Muslim clerics told the BBC. “The All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulema told all Muslim women not to wear face veils for security reasons. If they want to wear a veil, then they were told not to come out.”

He continued: “We see this as a reflection of the conflict between the president and the prime minister. We strongly criticize the decision. We will not accept the authorities interfering with the religion without consulting the religious leadership.”

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On Sunday, Catholics shut their churches for fear of new attacks, forcing many to watch on television Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, deliver a homily before members of the clergy and the country’s leaders in a small chapel at his residence in the capital.

The closing of all of Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches – an extraordinary measure unheard of in the church’s centuries on the island – came after the warning by the U.S. Embassy in the capital.

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Sri Lankan Catholics pray standing on a road as they attend a brief holly service marking the seventh day of the Easter Sunday attacks near the exploded St. Anthony’s Church in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Before services began, the Islamic State group claimed three militants who blew themselves up Friday night after exchanging fire with police in the country’s east. Investigators sifting through that site and others uncovered a bomb-making operation capable of spreading far more destruction.

“This is a time our hearts are tested by the great destruction that took place last Sunday,” Ranjith told those watching across the nation. “This is a time questions such as, does God truly love us, does he have compassion toward us, can arise in human hearts.”

On Monday, the cardinal urged the government to crack down on Islamic extremists with more vigor “as if on war footing.” He said the church may not be able to stop people from taking the law into their own hands unless the government conducts a more thorough investigation and does more to prevent further attacks.

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A Sri Lankan relative of a victim of Easter Sunday bomb blasts pays tribute at the burial site after a televised Sunday mass by Sri Lankan Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

“All the security forces should be involved and function as if on war footing,” Ranjith told reporters. “I want to state that we may not be able to keep people under control in the absence of a stronger security program,” he said. “We can’t forever give them false promises and keep them calm.”

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Ranjith, however, said the church assures Muslims that it will not allow any revenge attacks against them.

He also said church services would be held this coming Sunday after necessary precautions are taken.

The government is accused of not having acted on near- specific information from a foreign intelligence agency over several weeks on an imminent attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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400-year-old Pilgrims Bible stolen from US as part of $8M heist returns home: FBI

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A rare Bible, stolen in the 1990s from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh as part of an extensive years-long heist with an estimated $8 million worth of items, has returned home, according to the FBI.

The 1615 Breeches Edition Bible was traced to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, Netherlands, which had purchased it for $1,200. A former archivist at the Pittsburg library and a rare book dealer are accused of stealing it along with over 300 rare books, maps, plate books, atlases, and more that were discovered missing last year.

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The 17th century Bible is “more than a piece of evidence,” Jones said Thursday. “From a dollar-figure sense, it is not priceless. From a history perspective, it is priceless.”

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The word “breeches” is visible as the last word in verse 7 of chapter 3 in Genesis in the theft recovered Bible shown during a news conference, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Pittsburgh. The word gives the 1615 Breeches Edition Bible that stolen from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh in the 1990’s its name. The stolen Bible was traced to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Jones explained the first edition of the Geneva Bible was published in 1560. This particular edition, published in London four years after the first King James version, is similar to a Bible known to have been brought over by the Pilgrims in 1620.

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Prosecutors say 18 of the stolen books have been recovered thus far, including one copy of Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,” a watershed of science valued at $900,000, and John Adams’ “A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America,” valued at $20,000.

The FBI hopes news of the recovery of this Bible will prompt others to look at their collections for any possible items stolen from the Pittsburgh library, including “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” the magnum opus by philosopher Adam Smith, valued at $180,000.

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“Some probably are in private collections,” Jones said, adding, about the Bible: “I am happy to say it has finally made its way back to its rightful owner here in Pittsburgh.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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