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Priest in steady state after stabbing in Canadian church



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A Canadian Catholic priest was stabbed in front of dozens of stunned worshipers as he celebrated mass Friday morning in Montreal's St. Joseph Oratory.

The Montreal police said a 911 call was located around 8pm. 8.40 local time. When officers arrived at the landmark church, a male suspect had already been detained by security guards.

Philip Barrett, sitting near the front of the church, said he saw a tall man who seemed to be a Caucasian in his 30s, rising from a pew and quickly moving to Rev. Claude Grou, Oratoria's Rector.

He walked behind the altar and seemed to strike the priest's body, Barrett said.

"I think the priest fell down at that time. I remember the priest moving away from the man, but it happened so quickly that there was almost no time to react."

The service was live streamed in a Catholic channel. Video shows a tall man in a dark jacket and white baseball cap rounded the altar and charging at Grou when he presses his right arm against the priest. Grou drives back a few steps before the attacker pushes him into a banner.

As screams are heard in the background, a group of people run forward, surround and block the suspect.


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