The Church in Asia "is deeply saddened by the inhuman murder of people in the Islamic cultural center" of Quebec City, Card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), told AsiaNews.
He was commenting
on the attack in Canada.
According to the cardinal, "it is
horrible and cruel that innocent lives are taken in a sacred place like
the mosque. This is an inhuman and meaningless act, without any
Following the example of Pope Francis, who expressed a strong condemnation of the attack,
Card. Gracias guarantees "prayers on behalf of the whole Church in
Asia, so that what happened does not lead to further violence, hatred
According to the latest surveys, the attack was carried out by Alexandre Bissonnette, a 27 year old French-Canadian.
The reasons for the gesture, which caused six deaths and several
injuries, are still unknown and seems to have acted alone, although at
first the police had stopped another man.
The archbishop of Mumbai recalls that in 2008 the Canadian region of
Quebec hosted the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, which
attracted more than 12 thousand pilgrims from more than 70 countries. He
said that at that time the city was filled with festive people, who
marched through the streets in a procession lasting three hours,
accompanied by singing, music and recitation of the Rosary.
"It was – he says - a powerful example of unity, beauty, and love,
and today the city is in mourning. The Church in Asia mourns the victims
and prays for those who died and for their families. May God give them
The cardinal is convinced that "prayer and dialogue should be at the
center of it all, when we want to build peace in society." Also he
points out that " the role of religion in contributing to peace and
harmony in modern society should not be underestimated. This is why the
world has great need for religions to work together to eliminate the
social and cultural causes that generate terrorism. So they disperse the
clouds of suspicion and fears and blows a breath of fresh air to
welcome other faiths. "