MELBOURNE: A 48-year-old-priest from Kerala sustained stab injuries at Melbourne in Australia. He has been identified as Fr Tomy Mathew Kalathur. He was stabbed when the morning mass was about to begin. He sustained injuries on his neck and was immediately rushed to the hospital.
The incident happened at St Mathews Catholic Church on William Street in Fawkner at 11 am in the morning. Eyewitnesses said the man entered the church and struck him with a knife on his neck. He fled the place soon after the incident.
Devotees said the assailant was a frequent visitor to the church. Church officials said the attacker was heard saying something derogatory to Father Tomy before he was stabbed, something to the effect of him being Indian and that meant he was a Muslim or Hindu and shouldn't be in charge of Catholic mass. A search has been intensified to trace him.