THE Bishop of Ottawa, the Rt Revd John H. Chapman, has urged
Canadians to pray for everyone caught up in the shooting around the
Parliament Buildings on Wednesday.
Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24-year-old reservist, was shot while
he stood guard outside the national war memorial, which is only a
short distance from the Parliament building, in the Canadian
capital, Ottawa. He was given emergency resuscitation on the road
side and taken to hospital, but later died of his wounds.
Later, police were engaged in a shootout inside the parliament.
The suspect, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, was eventually shot and
In a statement on Thursday, Bishop Chapman said the dramatic
events were "just blocks from our synod office". "Like all
Canadians, we are following today's news from Parliament Hill with
shock and trepidation," he said. "[Pray] for all those at the
centre of this situation and for a return to calm in our homes,
hearts, and streets."
All staff in offices near the Parliament Buildings were told to
stay put and advised to stay away from the windows and doors, while
police searched for the suspect. Many MPs and the Prime Minister,
Stephen Harper, were inside the parliament, and some barricaded
themselves inside meeting rooms while police officers went from
door to door, searching for the suspect.
No one else was injured, although as many as 30 shots were heard
inside the building. The ceremonial parliamentary sergeant-at-arms,
Kevin Vickers, is reported to have shot Mr Zehaf-Bibeau.
The killing of Corporal Cirillo came two days after another
soldier, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, died after being hit by a
car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau. Mr Couture-Rouleau, a
Canadian convert to Islam, was known to the security services, who
had feared that he had become radicalised into jihadism online.
Mr Couture-Rouleau was also later shot dead by police in
Montreal, while another soldier driven into during the same
incident is recovering in hospital.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Primate of the Anglican Church
in Cananda, the Most Revd Fred Hiltz, asked that people pray for
"these men, for their loved ones stricken with grief, and for the
Canadian Armed Forces chaplains who are ministering to them".
"Now is a moment when the refrain of our national anthem, 'O
Canada, we stand on guard for thee,' must echo in every heart," he
said. He also urged prayers for the safety of MPs and everyone else
in public service, as well as "peace and reconciliation among all
The President of the Lutheran Church in Canada, the Revd Dr
Robert Bugbee, said in a statement that he was asking God to "guide
the authorities as they seek additional suspects". He said: "If the
threat of terrorism rears its head in Canada, we must turn to God
in prayer . . . that God would work in the hearts of those who
would commit violence, that they would turn from their evil ways to
find the God of mercy, Jesus Christ."