Gestures of support for the Muslim community are multiplying. The Notre-Dame-de-Foy church in Sainte-Foy was packed for a Catholic Mass in homage to the victims of the attack on the Great Mosque on Sunday.
“An act of violence that we all reject,” said Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, hastily returning from Rome after learning of Sunday’s tragedy.
“This church, this evening, is crowded. At the invitation of the Catholic community of Quebec, we come to pray for our brothers and sisters of the Muslim community and all the people who have been affected by this tragedy, “continued Mgr Lacroix.
Cofounder of the Center culturel Islamique de Quebec, Boufeldja Benabdallah, also addressed the crowd at the ceremony broadcast live on the Internet. A problem with sound in broadcasting however prevented those who followed this special celebration online from hearing the segment with Mr. Benabdallah.
Before the ceremony, the one who settled in Quebec City a long time ago, however, stressed the importance of this ceremony at a press briefing aired on Radio-Canada.
“This will show that Muslims are here as citizens, with their Christian brothers. With all the confessions here in Quebec, we are one community. So that our children who today are hurt tomorrow will smile again, “Benabdallah said.
The Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat nation, Konrad Sioui, was also present during this special Mass.
In the crowded church was also the rector of Universite Laval, Denis Briere, and several elected officials, including Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, accompanied by his wife, Suzanne Pilote. The Minister of Public Safety, Martin Coiteux, the Minister responsible for the national capital, Francois Blais, and the Member of Parliament for Louis-Hebert, Joel Lightbound, were also in the church for this celebration. Religious diversity.
Notre-Dame-de-Foy church is located a stone’s throw from the Islamic Cultural Center and the mosque theater of the attack.
The day before, thousands of people gathered in the same area to pay tribute to the victims of Sunday’s murderous shooting. Candles and flowers in hand, they too wanted to send a message of peace, fraternity and openness to the Muslim religion.
Before returning from Rome, Cardinal Lacroix received the condolences of Pope Francis for all Quebeckers. The Archbishop of Quebec was indeed in the company of the Sovereign Pontiff at the Vatican when he learned that the mosque in Quebec City had been the target of an attack.
Registers for citizens
Two registers are at the disposal of the citizens to pay tribute to the victims of the carnage at the mosque of Sainte-Foy and to bring comfort to the Muslim community. There is the Department of International Relations of Quebec and the City of Quebec, which publishes comments on the Web. Here are a few.
“Our deepest sympathies to the people affected by this senseless act which has left us all bruised in our soul and in our confidence. All that remains is love and respect to live daily and to share with every being we meet. With all our compassion. ”
– Louise D.
“Today we have been tested. My thoughts go to the seventeen orphans, the six widows and the wounded. All my sympathy and my prayers are with you. I would also like to say “thank you” to my fellow citizens. Thank you for being this balm to our outraged hearts. More than ever, I am proud and serene to live among you. ”
– Nacer O.
“Be assured that I share your grief. You are one of us and together we build this country and the future of our children. Let us unite so that peace reigns in our lives. Let love triumph. “