January 31, 2017

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, conveyed Pope Francis’ words to the victims via the Archbishop of Quebec, Cardinal Gerald LaCroix….
       “Upon learning of the attack in Québec in a prayer room of the Islamic Cultural Centre, claiming numerous victims, His Holiness Pope Francis commends to the mercy of God those who lost their lives, and joins in prayer in the suffering of their loved ones. He expresses his deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, and to all those involved in the relief efforts, asking the Lord to bring them comfort and consolation in their ordeal. The Holy Father once more strongly condemns violence that engenders such suffering, and implores of God the gift of mutual respect and peace. He invokes the comfort of divine blessings upon the families concerned and those affected by this tragedy, and upon all Quebeckers.”
       «Apprenant l'attentat survenu à Québec dans une salle de prière du Centre culturel islamique, faisant plusieurs victimes, Sa Sainteté le Pape François confie à la miséricorde de Dieu les personnes qui ont perdu la vie et il s'associe parla prière à la peine de leurs proches. Il exprime sa profonde sympathie aux blessés et à leurs familles, ainsi qu'à toutes les personnes qui ont contribué aux secours, demandant au Seigneur de leur apporter réconfort et consolation dans l'épreuve. Le Saint-Père condamne fermement à nouveau la violence qui engendre tant de souffrances, et implorant de Dieu le don du respect mutuel et de la paix, il invoque sur les familles éprouvées et sur les personnes touchées par ce drame ainsi que sur tous les Québécois le bienfait des Bénédictions divines.»
       «Святіший Отець ще раз рішуче засуджує насильство, що породжує чимало страждань, та випрошуючи у Бога дару взаємної пошани і миру, призиває на родини жертв, на усіх, кого торкнула ця трагедія та на всіх квебекців благодаті Божого благословення»,
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue also issued a statement regarding 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.”

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