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Priest stabbed during mass

A Catholic priest who was stabbed as he was celebrating mass at Montreal's St. Joseph's Oratory is recovering at home.

A spokeswoman for the church says Rev. Claude Grou was released from hospital last night and says he is doing well under the circumstances.

The incident began shortly after 8:30 a.m. yesterday when a man with a knife rushed the sanctuary of the landmark church and stabbed 77-year-old Grou, the Oratory's rector.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the scene and is expected to appear in court later today to face charges that have yet to be announced, but could range anywhere from assault to attempted murder.

Police have not suggested a motive for the attack, but say there's no evidence to suggest the suspect was linked to any group.

Oratory spokeswoman Danielle Decelles says the church's usual security will be in place for Sunday mass, and police will provide an increased presence in the coming days to ensure worshippers feel safe.



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