CANADA’S BISHOPS EXPRESS CONDOLENCES FOR SYNAGOGUE DEATHS

October 29, 2018

CANADIAN BISHOPS EXPRESS SORROW AND SUPPORT TO JEWISH COMMUNITY

The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with members of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops-Canadian Rabbinic Caucus dialogue, wrote a letter to the Chairs of the Caucus offering condolences and support in response to the recent violence in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 27 October 2018.

"This act of unspeakable violence during the Sabbath is a terrible and clear manifestation of anti-Semitism, a scourge which most regrettably persists in our world today and is of great concern to the Jewish community, the Catholic Church and society as a whole."

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Letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus

29 October 2018

Rabbi Reuben Poupko

Rabbi Baruch Frydman-Kohl

Rabbi Debra Landsberg

Rabbi Jonathan Infeld

Dear Chairs of the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus,

On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Canada, we wish to extend to you and the Jewish communities of Canada our deepest condolences and support in response to the shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this past Saturday. We have tragically learned that this horrendous incident has claimed the lives of eleven congregants of the synagogue along with many others injured, including first responders.

This act of unspeakable violence during the Sabbath is a terrible and clear manifestation of anti-Semitism, a scourge which most regrettably persists in our world today and is of great concern to the Jewish community, the Catholic Church and society as a whole. We are acutely aware of and sensitive to the trauma caused by such acts reverberates throughout the Jewish communities with its pain and terrible affects not being lessened by distance or geographic borders.

At this difficult time of both mourning and distress, we wish to tighten the hands of friendship with you, to emphasize our solidarity, our prayers, and our closeness to the Jewish people of Canada. May the Lord of peace and love comfort those who have lost their loved ones and extinguish the vehemence, hate and division which are plaguing our world.

May their memory be for a blessing.

+Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

+ John A. Boissonneau, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto Catholic Co-Chair of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops - Canadian Rabbinic Caucus Dialogue

+Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau Member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops - Canadian Rabbinic Caucus Dialogue

c.c.: - Mr. Richard Marceau, Vice President, External Affairs and General Counsel, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

- Mr. Steve McDonald, Director of Policy and Strategic Communications, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs


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