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Religious, political leaders condemn shooting at Quebec mosque

Faith and political leaders condemned a shooting at Quebec’s main mosque that left at least six people dead.

Vigils were scheduled in Quebec City and Montreal on 30th January, the evening after two men entered the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center and opened fire, killing at least six men who were praying and injuring 19 more. Police later said they had arrested one suspect in the attack, the motive for which remained unclear.

Pope Francis met with the Archbishop of Quebec, Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, in Rome on 30th January and assured him of his prayers for the victims of the attack on the mosque. A Vatican statement said the pope highlighted the importance of Christians and Muslims remaining united in prayer in these moments.

Afterward, the cardinal immediately departed for Canada.

The Archbishop of Montreal, Christian Lepine, said: “Nothing can justify such murderous acts aimed at innocent people. We are called to say again that, whatever our beliefs are, as human beings we are all brothers and sisters, all equal in dignity.”

Picture: Police officers are seen near a mosque after a shooting in Quebec on 29th January. (CNS photo/Mathieu Belanger, Reuters).