In a racist attack, an Indian catholic priest, Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, was stabbed on the neck in a church in Australia when he was about to give mass. The assailant was a 72 year old Australian who told the priest that he was an Indian, and hence should not be saying mass.
The news has come as a shock to India's 30 million strong Christian population. Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil of Thamarassery diocese in India spoke to the injured priest over phone. "It was a miraculous escape. Tomy Kalathoor Mathew said that he could escape from the knife attack only due to God's grace as he had worn special robes for the mass in addition to thick clothes. The knife didn't go deep and just injured the neck muscles," Abraham Kavilpurayidathil, chancellor and spokesperson of Thamarassery diocese, told the press. The injured priest was rushed to hospital and treated for the wounds to his neck. He was later discharged.
Mathew has been parish priest of the Melbourne church since late 2014 and Thamarassery diocese authorities said he would continue his duty as priest at that church.
Edited by Ajay0, March 19 2017 - 11:27 PM.