Pope Francis has expressed condemnation over the recent attack on a mosque in Quebec, Canada. Following the Mass, the Pontiff met with the Cardinal Gérald Cyprien LaCroix, extending assurance of his prayers to the Archbishop of Quebec. The Pontiff said that he was praying for the victims of the attack on a mosque, on Sunday January 29.
The Pontiff highlighted the importance of unity between Christians and Muslims; urging all to be united in prayer. Cardinal Gérald Cyprien LaCroix after his meeting with the Pope, returned immediately to Canada. The Pontiff formally conveyed his condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack. In a telegram addressed to Cardinal Gérald Cyprien LaCroix, it was stated:
“Most Eminent Cardinal Gérald Cyprien LaCroix
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.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of His Holiness”