Priest Stabbed During Livestreamed Morning Mass at Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory

Father Claude Grou, seen here in an earlier interview, was about to proclaim the gospel to about 60 people gathered in the church when a man stood up from one of the pews, walked behind the altar and stabbed him twice, according to witnesses. (CBC)

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a priest in Montreal was stabbed on Friday during a livestreamed morning mass in Canada’s largest church.

Father Claude Grou, 77, the rector of the Saint Joseph’s Oratory, was taken to the hospital and is said to be stable condition, according to the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Authorities responded to call around 8:40 a.m. and witnesses said a man went toward the priest with a sharp object during the daily mass where 50 people were in attendance.

The attack was captured on a livestream and television broadcast by the Catholic channel Salt + Light, which publishes the streams shortly after the mass. Authorities have not disclosed whether the footage will be released.

When police arrived the suspect was already detained by church security and the priest was slightly injured on his upper body, Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Farnoush Amiri