Priest stabbed while leading Mass; suspect arrested after attack is caught on camera
Ralph Ellis and Sarah Jorgensen, CNN
March 23, 2019
A man who allegedly stabbed the elderly rector of a church in Canada during a televised Mass as shocked parishioners watched will appear in court Saturday.
The attack happened as the priest of St. Joseph's Oratory at Mount Royal led Mass on Friday morning at the church in Montreal, Quebec, police said.
The suspect's name was not immediately released. He is expected to appear by video feed Saturday afternoon at the Quebec Court Criminal Room. If any charges are filed, they will be determined by prosecutors, Constable Caroline Chevrefils said.
Police said the stabbing was not considered a terrorist attack, and described it as "an isolated act committed by one individual."
Father Claude Grou, 77, was taken to a hospital and is recovering, Chevrefils said.
The 26-year-old suspect was detained by security staff at the church and taken into custody by police, Chevrefils said. She said the suspect is known to police.
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