Bishop Ioan Casian urges Orthodox faithful in Canada to pray for the Toronto van attack victims

The Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Canada has sent a message expressing their compassion for the Toronto van attack victims.

His Grace Bishop Ioan Casian urged the believers to pray for the victims of the terrible attack. The Romanian Bishop of Canada said he would be in contact with the Romanian Consulate in Toronto to learn whether there are any Romanian casualties.

A van plowed into pedestrians on a sidewalk at a busy intersection in Toronto on Monday afternoon, killing 10 people and injuring 15 others, local police said.

Full text of the statement:


It is with great sadness on the feast of St. George the Great Martyr in the Romanian Orthodox Church that the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Canada learns about the recent tragic event that took place today in one of the cities of our Diocese.

His Grace Bishop Ioan Casian and the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Canada are in prayers for those who lost their lives and those who have been affected in Toronto tragedy leaving 10 people dead and 15 injured.

“We are extremely saddened about what happened this early afternoon in Toronto on the feast of St. George the Great Martyr. It is without words that in a place like Toronto, this act would take place.

We, the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Canada, at this time of tragedy, stand in solidarity with the families of the victims and fervently pray to the God of great love and mercy that He give rest to the departed ones and save us from any repetition of this kind of really terrible atrocities.”

A commemorative prayer will be held at the headquarters of the Diocese in the coming days and in each parish of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Canada.

His Grace Bishop Ioan Casian is in touch with the Romanian Consulate in Toronto to see if any victim were of Romanian ethnicity.

Press Office of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Canada

Photography courtesy of AFP

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