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Rector of Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory stabbed during televised Mass

March 23, 2019

Rector of Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory stabbed during televised Mass

Church-attack

Heavy police security after the attack.

MONTREAL, Canada – Father Claude Grou, rector of St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal, was stabbed during a Mass March 22. The motive for the attack remains unknown.

He was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition, said a statement from the Archdiocese of Montreal.

During the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the crypt, a tall, light-skinned man wearing a white hat walked toward Grou and stabbed him in the stomach.

“At the end of the psalm, just before the … Gospel, there is this guy who comes from who-knows-where – I only film the front of the crypt – and who moves rather quickly,” said Dinh Khoi Vu, who directed the morning Mass at the Oratory for Salt and Light Television.

“Father Grou saw him coming with his knife. He had the reaction to move to the side, but he was still touched,” he added.

The priest saying the mass is reported as suffering superficial wounds most because the blade of the knife snapped during the attack.

The motive for the attack is yet to be disclosed.

Editorial Comment:

Why do people attack in places of worship?

Easy targets.

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