BREAKING: Unidentified man tries to stab priest during televised Mass in Montreal, Canada: pic.twitter.com/jhHKzxOGzW
— BNL NEWS (@BreakingNLive) March 22, 2019
The priest was about to start reading the gospel when the man rushed the altar. The parishioners were incredibly brave putting themselves in between the attacker with the huge knife and the priest.
Via CTV News:
Montreal’s famed Saint Joseph’s Oratory says a priest who was stabbed during morning mass is expected to survive the attack.
In a tweet just before noon on Friday, the oratory said Father Claude Grou’s life is “not in danger” following the stabbing.
Montreal police say a suspect has been arrested and he was taken to the station for questioning.
Investigators said a call came in about a stabbing at the church at approximately 8:40 a.m. on Friday morning when the priest was in the process of celebrating mass before approximately 50 worshippers.
Shortly after the attack, the Diocese of Montreal identified the priest as Father Claude Grou, the rector of the church.
The mass was being livestreamed by the Catholic television network Sel+Lumiere TV, which airs the religious ceremony daily, when the stabbing occurred. The footage was quickly removed from the website following the attack.
In the video, a man wearing a dark winter coat and a light-coloured baseball cap pulled out a large knife and walked in front of the altar. The footage shows the suspect run up the steps towards the priest.
Grou attempted to run away as the attacker knocked over a candle. The video shows the man quickly catch up to the priest and push him to the ground before he appears to stab him.
They haven’t id’d the suspect yet, but he’s 26 and here’s a pic of him: Heavy is reporting that he is “known to the police.”
— Rob Lurie (@RLurieCTV) March 22, 2019