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A Destroyed Church Stands Beautiful in Sri Lanka Amid the Deadly Easter Horror

World | Associated Press | April 30, 2019, 11:04 am
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 Nearly a week later, even after the cleaners have come through, the blood can still be seen clearly. The statues of Jesus and the saints are still speckled with fragments of shrapnel. (Image: AP)

Nearly a week later, even after the cleaners have come through, the blood can still be seen clearly. The statues of Jesus and the saints are still speckled with fragments of shrapnel. (Image: AP)

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 A statue of Jesus Christ stands on the altar of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

A statue of Jesus Christ stands on the altar of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Image: AP)

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 One can see the beauty in the broken stained-glass windows. (Image: AP)

One can see the beauty in the broken stained-glass windows. (Image: AP)

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 It's there as the sun shines through the roof's gaping holes. (Image: AP)

It's there as the sun shines through the roof's gaping holes. (Image: AP)

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 It's there in the little statues that refused to fall over. (Image: AP)

It's there in the little statues that refused to fall over. (Image: AP)

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 For more than 50 years, St. Sebastian's had been the scene of weddings and baptisms, of Christmas celebrations and countless Masses. (Image: AP)

For more than 50 years, St. Sebastian's had been the scene of weddings and baptisms, of Christmas celebrations and countless Masses. (Image: AP)

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 St. Sebastian's walls are now blackened near where the bomber stood when he killed himself, spraying shrapnel in every direction. From inside, you see destruction wherever you look. (Image: AP)

St. Sebastian's walls are now blackened near where the bomber stood when he killed himself, spraying shrapnel in every direction. From inside, you see destruction wherever you look. (Image: AP)

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 But from outside the church, if you ignore the police tape and if you're standing far enough away, you might think nothing had happened there at all. (Image: AP)

But from outside the church, if you ignore the police tape and if you're standing far enough away, you might think nothing had happened there at all. (Image: AP)

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 Sunlight streams in from gaping holes, as a surveyor works at St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

Sunlight streams in from gaping holes, as a surveyor works at St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

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 A policeman stands guard, as surveyors work at St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

A policeman stands guard, as surveyors work at St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

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 A Sri Lankan policewoman looks at the damage inside St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

A Sri Lankan policewoman looks at the damage inside St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

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 A surveyor walks inside the damaged St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

A surveyor walks inside the damaged St. Sebastian's Church. (Image: AP)

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