Montreal priest stabbed during Friday service

Montreal priest stabbed during Friday service

A priest was stabbed while he was celebrating a service in a Montreal church Friday morning.

MONTREAL — A priest in Montreal was stabbed in the chest Friday morning during a morning service that was also televised live, CBC reported.

Father Claude Grou was celebrating Mass at Saint Joseph's Oratory when a man walked to the front of the church and attacked him, CTV reported. The attack was captured on television and during a live stream of the service.

Grou was taken to a hospital and later released. He told CTV he did not know who the assailant was and was feeling "fine" as he left the hospital.

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“There are so many people who helped me to pass through this moment, and now, my health is fine,” Grou told the network.

The 26-year-old suspect was quickly wrestled to the ground by security guards after the attack, CBC reported.

“I thought he was going to kneel to say a prayer in front of the Saint Joseph’s statue, but he quickly came up the stairs taking a big knife out of his side and I realized what his intentions were so I ran out of the church screaming to alert the security,” Adèle Plamondon told the television network.