Kerala priest stabbed by Italian in Melbourne

The accused was arrested by Melbourne Police.

Fr. Tomy Mathew

A Catholic priest from Kerala was attacked by an Italian on Sunday when the priest was leading the Sunday mass in a Melbourne church.

Father Tomy Kalathoor Mathew was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife by the Italian during the mass at a Catholic church in Melbourne suburbs, media reports said.

While the Mass was going on the accused, aged in his 50s, came forward and shouted that since the priest was an Indian, he must be a Hindu or a Muslim and therefore can’t be saying mass.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne said the priest was doing well in hospital and wanted to get back to work soon, The Australin reported.

“His thoughts are only for his parishioners,” Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet said.

Archdiocese spokesman Shane Healy the “behavior was appalling and people should never be treated like this,” the Australian reported.

Police arrested the attacker soon, according to Indian news service IANS.

“At this stage, we believe the incident is isolated. There’s nothing to suggest he’s a danger to anyone else,” Detective Senior Constable Rhiannon Norton told reporters.

Source: IANS and The Australian

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