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The rector at St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal was stabbed as he said mass in the church on Friday morning.
The 8:30 a.m. mass was being broadcast on a Catholic television network. Footage from the mass showed a man dressed in dark clothing and wearing a white baseball cap walking toward the altar, where Father Claude Grou was saying mass. The man knocked over a candle as he rushed toward Grou. Grou moved away, falling as the man attacked him, knocking over a banner at the right of the altar.
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Several other people rushed to the altar, blocking the man from getting close to Grou. Grou stood up and was helped by people in the church.
The suspect was quickly subdued by security officers at the Oratory and is in police custody, where he will be questioned further.
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Police said Grou’s injuries are not life threatening. The Catholic Diocese of Montreal said on Twitter that his condition...
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