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Monday, January 30, 2017

Archbishop Lacroix speaks about tragedy in Quebec City

Before boarding a flight from Rome to Quebec City today, the Archbishop of Quebec issued a statement concerning the attack that took place last night at a Mosque in Quebec City.

Statement of His Eminence, GĂ©rald Cyprien Lacroix
Archbishop of Quebec

At this time when the people of Quebec are shaken by the attack that has left six dead and many other people wounded, the Catholic community wishes to express its solidarity with the families who have been affected, the Muslim community of Quebec, and the entire community of Sainte-Foy.  Whether we be Christian or not, an act of violence such as the one that took place at the great Mosque of Quebec affects all of us.  Hatred is the darkest expression of our humanity.  The Quebecois people has always been recognized as a people who seek to live in peace and respect.  We will respond to these heinous acts with solidarity and we will remain committed to continuing the process of building a society where social peace and respect for all cultures guides our day-to-day lives.

Early this morning, I was received by the Holy Father, after the celebration of the Mass and Pope Francis assures us of his prayer and his closeness in these moments of suffering.  As he hugged me, I felt as though he was pressing the entire population of Quebec against his heart.  The Pope is accompanying us in prayer at this time of suffering.

To the families affected by this event, our most sincere condolences and the assurance of our prayers.

In communion with the victims
Mass to be celebrated tomorrow

A Mass in communion with the victims of the attack that took place at the great Mosque of Quebec will take place tomorrow, 31 January 2017 beginning at 7:00pm at the church of Notre-Dame-de-Foy located at 820, rue du Chanoine-Martin.

The Catholic Church of Quebec invites everyone to come together tonight for a vigil which will take place in the Parc de la Visitation located at 2825 chemin Sainte-Foy on the site of the former Notre-Dame-de-Foy church.

The Diocese also invites everyone to a large gathering of solidarity organized by the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec which will take place at 2877 chemin Saint-Foy, in front of the great Mosque beginning at 1:00pm on Saturday, 4 February 2017.

As well, the public is encouraged to write in the register of condolences which has been developed by the Government of Quebec their words of condolence for the victims of the attack that took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec.
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