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30 January 2017

The CRC condemns the terrorist attack at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre

The Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) wishes to express its deep sadness and distress at the loss of life resulting from the terrorist attack at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre. The members of the CRC are in prayerful solidarity with Quebec Moslem community.  “We wish to offer our sincere condolences to all families in their grief following this heinous act,” said Sister Michelle Payette, MIC, President of the CRC. “We are all created by the One God, sisters and brothers here on earth.  In the face of this tragedy, we need to redouble our efforts in favour of inter-religious dialogue, a task already involving many of our communities in Quebec and throughout Canada.”

On the Website of Vatican Radio, we can read the Holy Father’s telegram addressed to Cardinal Lacroix, and signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin:

“Having learned of the attack which occurred in Quebec in a prayer room of the Islamic Cultural Centre, which claimed many victims, His Holiness Pope Francis entrusts to the mercy of God the persons who lost their lives and he associates himself through prayer with the pain of their relatives. He expresses his profound sympathy for the wounded and their families, and to all who contributed to their aid, asking the Lord to bring them comfort and consolation in the ordeal. The Holy Father again strongly condemns the violence that engenders such suffering; and, imploring God for the gift of mutual respect and peace, he invokes upon the sorely tried families, and upon all persons touched by this tragedy, as well as upon all Quebecers, the benefits of the divine Blessing.”