From Bishop Brian Dunn:
I want to express my condolences and support to all Muslims in our diocese in the aftermath of the events that occurred at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec on Sunday evening. This is a great tragedy and one that calls us to be supportive of one another.
I also want to pass on the greetings of all the bishops of Canada (see the letter of condolences below.)
May the God of mercy and peace continue to work in our midst bringing the healing and reconciliation that we need.
Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn
STATEMENT OF THE MOST REV. DOUGLAS CROSBY, O.M.I.
PRESIDENT OF THE CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS
It was with horror and shock that we were all made aware of the violent and senseless attack carried out at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec. Such murderous violence is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It is a violation of the sanctity of human life; an assault on the right and freedom of the members of all religions to gather and pray in the name of their deepest beliefs; a wound to the peace, order and tranquility of our nation and its communities; and the desecration of a house of prayer and worship.
I join Pope Francis and His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, in extending condolences and prayers from my brother Bishops, as well as from Catholics across Canada to the victims, their families and friends. I also convey gratitude to our national and community leaders, together with the law enforcement and medical professionals, who are responding to this tragedy.
As persons of faith, we pray earnestly for the souls of the victims and that consolation and peace be bestowed upon those who suffer their loss.
(Most Rev.) Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
30 January 2017
Below is a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, [Roman Curia] on the attack in Québec:
“The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has learned with deep sadness and indignation of the brutal attack against Muslim faithful while in prayer in Québec City, in their place of worship.
This meaningless gesture has violated the sanctity of human life, and the respect due to a community in prayer and their place of worship.
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue strongly condemns this act of unprecedented violence, and wishes to convey its fullest solidarity with the Muslims of Canada, assuring them of fervent prayers for the victims and their families.”
[Courtesy of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue]