Montreal Priest Stabbed During Morning Mass

This October 17, 2010 photo worshippers during a solemn mass inside Saint Joseph's Oratory basilica in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. More than 1,000 Quebecers gathered Sunday at a Roman Catholic basilica in Montreal to watch their beloved Brother Andre enter the sainthood at the Vatican, calling it a "message of hope." …

A priest was stabbed during Friday’s morning mass at Montreal’s Saint Joseph’s Oratory, according to emerging reports.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports Father Claude Grou, who serves as rector of the oratory, was rushed to a hospital while one man has been arrested,  according to a statement from Céline Barbeau, a spokesperson for the oratory.

“We are waiting to hear more details about what happened and how he is,” she added.

Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils told reporters that the priest suffered light injuries to his upper body.

Police said parishioners called 911 at 8:40 a.m. EST and the suspected knifeman was in church security’s custody upon officers’ arrival. The suspect allegedly charged at the priest from the back of the rectory and stabbed him with a “sharp weapon,” according to Barbeau.

CTV reporter Rob Lurie shared a photo of police taking the suspect into custody. He was wearing a grey long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and has black hair and a beard.

The suspect will undergo a series of interviews with investigators Friday.


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