To my friends in the Jewish community of Edmonton:
The horrible atrocities unfolding in Israel at this time are shocking and grievous. I understand how they must leave you all terribly shaken. Please know that I stand in fraternal solidarity with you in this moment of pain, anguish, and anxiety. As you gather for prayer, I unite to yours my own supplications to Almighty God for a definitive end to terror and violence, so that the land we name as Holy will know true and lasting peace.
Most Reverend Richard W. Smith
Saint Joseph Basilica
October 9, 2023