Canadian Prime Minister Thanks All Faith Leaders for Supporting During the Pandemic

On December 3, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined a video conference on the topic of “The Contribution of Faith Communities in the Pandemic” with over 430 faith community leaders and representatives.


This online conference was co-hosted by the Canadian Council of Churches, the Canadian Interfaith Conversation and the Canadian Multifaith Federation. Venerable Chueh Fan, the Abbess of Fo Guang Shan Temple of Toronto, attended this event representing the Buddhist community.


Prime Minister Trudeau acknowledged and thanked faith community leaders for their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic and praised the communities for following the government’s COVID-19 safety measures. The leaders shared how their organizations are continuously taking care of their members and serving the community despite a shortage of resources arising from the pandemic.


For instance, in the Buddhist community, Chan meditation classes have been held regularly to help people in the community learn how to face adversity with compassion. A suggestion on expanding the development of similar classes in the future was raised. Donating food, supporting front-line workers and caring for seniors were also identified as responsibilities of a faith community. The faith communities pledged their full support should the government request assistance.


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On December 3, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined a video conference on the topic of “The Contribution of Faith Communities in a Pandemic” with over 430 faith community leaders and representatives.