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Canadian bishops lament attack on Quebec mosque

January 31, 2017

Bishops across Canada lamented the January 29 Quebec City mosque shooting that left six dead and 17 injured.

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“Such murderous violence is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” said Bishop Douglas Crosby, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He added:

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.

The Archdiocese of Québec announced a prayer vigil and a special Mass following the shooting.


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  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 01, 2017 9:32 AM ET USA

    Was it necessary for the religious leaders to issue this statement? Who in the Quebec population did not know that mosque shooting occurred and was wrong? Why do Church leaders feel the need to speak out on every tragic event that happens?