Statement by the President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

24 October 2014


This is a time of profound national sadness for all Canadians. The recent acts of violence in Ottawa and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, have touched the hearts of many people.  We worry that the horror of terrorism is taking root in our soil, so long a land of peace, cooperation, and inter-cultural collaboration.


God created us to experience the fullness of life and love. This outbreak of violence contradicts God’s intention for each one of us. However, the many spontaneous acts of mutual care and watchfulness that characterized the past few days are signs that most of us, believers and nonbelievers, are trying to live out God’s will for a fraternal, just and peaceful society.