A Canadian Catholic priest is recovering after he was stabbed during mass on Friday morning. The incident was broadcast to thousands of viewers via live television, as the mass was being carried on a Catholic television station, according to a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The victim, 77-year-old Claude Grou, was getting ready to begin speaking at the pulpit when a man charged the priest. The pair briefly scuffled, then Grou fell to the ground and was stabbed once before guards intervened and detained the suspect.
This attack comes only days after another assault on a place of worship happened halfway around the world in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a gunman entered two mosques and began shooting worshipers. Despite the timing of the attack in Canada, local police told reporters they do not believe the incidents are related.