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Justin Welby 'appalled and deeply saddened' by fatal stabbings in Canada

by Kelly Valencia

The Archbishop of Canterbury says he is "appalled and deeply saddened" by the fatal stabbings that shocked Canada over the weekend. 

On Sunday 4th September 2022, ten people were stabbed to death and 18 others injured after two men went on a stabbing rampage at James Smith First Nation, an indigenous community located in the province of Saskatchewan. 

"Having visited James Smith Cree Nation earlier this year, I'm appalled and deeply saddened by the fatal stabbings there and across Saskatchewan this weekend," Most Rev Justin Welby wrote on Twitter. 

"I mourn with the community and pray that God would comfort all those experiencing such unimaginable anguish."

One of the two men sought by police has been found dead with visible injuries but the cause of his death is still unknown. 

The search continues for his brother, Myles Sanderson. 

Rt Rev Christopher Harper, Anglican Bishop of Saskatoon, the largest city Saskatchewan, also released a statement.

Bishop Christopher: "It is days and events such as this that remind us that, we in actuality have little under control, and that when our human might and control fail, we naturally turn to the hopeful power of prayer."

"Lift up your prayers for all in James Smith First Nation, The Chief and Council, Bishop Michael and Bishop Adam of Saskatchewan, Rev's. Wilfred and Theresa Sanderson, the community of Weldon, Sk. For all victims, deceased, injured and the innocent. 

"Pray for all families involved, our RCMP, peace officers, EMS and first responders, fire and rescue, and all who serve the common good. 

"Prayer for the doctors and nurses who are working in emergency wards. Pray for the youth who are caught up in gang life, addictions, and are broken and in need of healing," he concluded. 

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