Fortunately, the injuries to the Priest were minor. He was treated at the scene by paramedics, then transferred to a hospital for evaluation.
Montreal police say a suspect has been arrested after a priest was stabbed during morning mass at the city’s famed Saint Joseph’s Oratory.
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.
The Diocese of Quebec 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 once.
Following the stabbing, the suspect dropped the knife and stood up as members of the congregation ran towards him. Three men restrained the attacker while other people went to help Grou who appeared to stand up on his own.
The Diocese of Quebec told CTV Montreal that Grou’s injuries are not serious. In a tweet, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Montreal said the priest’s condition was “stable.”
Church staff told Lee they’re hopeful he will make a full recovery. Now in his late seventies, Grou has been at Saint Joseph’s Oratory for more than 20 years, Lee reported.