Catholic priest stabbed during Mass in Montreal

Catholic priest stabbed during Mass in Montreal

Catholic priest was stabbed in front of dozens of stunned worshippers as he was celebrating mass Friday morning at Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory. The police said Father Claude received "light" injuries of his upper body.

The priest was allegedly stabbed after the man charged at him from behind the rectory, with a local witness describing the weapon simply as a "sharp object".

Jean-Francois Lefebvre, who was working in front of the oratory when the attack unfolded, said he saw police arrive and take away the suspect in handcuffs.

Lurie reported that the assailant slashed Grou in his stomach and the knife broke during the attack.

Police were called to the church at 8:40 a.m.

Barrett said that he, like the rest of the roughly 60 people present, was shocked that an attack would happen in a place he has come to see as a haven.

The 26-year-old suspect was detained by security staff at the church and taken into custody by police, Chevrefils said.

"I said, 'Saint Joseph protected you.' He said, 'I think he did.' He was in shock", she said.

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CTV News' Vanessa Lee said onlookers told her that Grou was sitting up and talking before he was transported to hospital for further treatment.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Montreal said in a tweet Grou's condition was "stable", CTV said, adding that he's in his late 70s and has been at Saint Joseph's Oratory for more than 20 years.

The incident happened during mass and was captured on a livestream, Barbeau said.

"What a awful attack at Saint Joseph's Oratory in Montreal this morning", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. His life is not in danger.

St. Joseph's Oratory, the largest church in Canada, is in the culturally diverse Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed himself on Twitter, while wishing Fr. Grou a swift recovery.

"What a terrible and inexcusable act that has no place in Montreal", said Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante.

"My team is at the church offering all our support".

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