Montreal priest stabbed during mass at St. Joseph’s Oratory

Sergio Conner
March 22, 2019

The priest is seen falling to the ground, but quickly getting up and backing away as security officers apprehend the attacker.

A priest in Montreal has been stabbed at a morning prayer service after being charged by a man.

The suspect "did not shout, didn't say anything" during the assault, but appeared "very determined", Plamondon said. A spokesperson for Montreal police described the priest's injury as a "light injury to his upper body".

Barbeau said little is known about the health of the priest at this point.

"He had only one idea in his head - to attack Father Grou".

"I do remember the priest was moving away from the man but it happened so quickly there was nearly no time to react", he recalled.

"I do remember the priest was moving away from the man, but it happened so quickly there was nearly no time to react", Barrett said, according to the outlet, adding that the knife-wielding man didn't speak or call out during the attack and didn't struggle after being subdued.

"We are waiting to hear more details about what happened and how he is", she said.

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Following the stabbing, the suspect dropped the knife and stood up as members of the congregation ran towards him.

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

"I really find it's a welcoming place", he said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his support to Father Grou.

"I said, 'Saint Joseph protected you.' He said, 'I think he did.' He was in shock", she said.
The motive for the attack remains unknown, the Dialog reported.

Saint Joseph's Oratory, built from 1920 to 1955, sits atop the north face of Mount Royal overlooking Canada's second-largest metropolis, and attracts some two million pilgrims and tourists each year.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante, too, expressed her reaction to the incident on Twitter.

"I am relieved to learn that the life of Father Claude Grou, rector of the Oratory, is out of danger and that his condition is stable".

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