A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a priest was stabbed during a morning mass in Canada’s largest church.
According to the BBC, the priest, Fr. Claude Grou, the rector of the Saint Joseph’s Oratory, was taken to the hospital and is said to be in a stable condition.
The incident happened on Friday in Montreal.
Police authorities responded to call around 8:40 a.m. and witnesses said a man went towards the priest with a sharp object during the daily mass where 50 people were in attendance.
The attack was captured on a livestream and television broadcast by the Catholic channel Salt + Light, which publishes the streams shortly after the mass.
“When police arrived, the suspect was already detained by church security and the priest was slightly injured on his upper body,” Montreal police spokesperson, Caroline Chèvrefils, said.
“The suspect was then taken into custody, transported to a detention center and will be interviewed by investigators,” she added.
Footage from the incident shows a tall man wearing a white baseball cap approach the altar and stab Grou as he falls to the ground. Security and what appears to be other members of the parrish then step forward, encircling the attacker, who stands with his hands at his sides. Grou quickly stood up and didn’t appear in pain.
Grou suffered only superficial wounds and is expected to make a full recovery. The diocese of Montreal tweeted that he was in stable condition, and that “all of our prayers are with him.”
Montreal’s mayor, Valerie Plante, condemned the act of violence.
“I am relieved to learn that the life of Father Claude Grou, Rector of the [Oratory] is out of danger and that his condition is stable,” she tweeted in French. “On behalf of all Montrealers, I wish him speedy recovery.”