Catholic priest of Indian heritage stabbed in Australia

Catholic priest of Indian heritage stabbed in Australia


Write Comment     |     E-Mail To a Friend     |     Facebook     |     Twitter     |     Print
PTI

Melbourne, 20 Mar 2017: In an apparent racist attack, a Catholic priest of Indian heritage was stabbed in the neck at a church in Melbourne by a man who called him unqualified to say mass as he was an Indian.

 

A man armed with a knife approached Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, 48, in the church foyer moments before the Italian- language mass at St Matthew’s Parish in Fawkner yesterday.

 

It’s believed that the offender told the priest that because he was Indian, he must be a Hindu or a Muslim and therefore unqualified to say mass, local media reported.

 

"There was some shouting and a lot of movement at the back of the church and then I saw Father Tommy coming to approach me. He waved me over and asked me if I could look at his neck because he said ’I’ve just been stabbed’," said Melina, one of the parishioners.

 

A 72-year-old man from Fawkner was arrested and charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury. He was bailedto appear in Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on June 13.

 

"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.

 

Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman Shane Healy described the incident as "appalling".

 

"People should never be treated like this. This fellow is doing wonderful work for his parishioners and this is really a blight on the great work that many, many Catholic priests are doing," he said.

 

Father Tomy Mathew suffered minor upper-body injuries and remains in a stable condition at The Northern Hospital. Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet said the priest was doing well in the hospital and wanted to get back to work soon.

 

Welcome Bellevision.com
Write your Comments on this Article
Your Name
Native Place / Place of Residence
Your E-mail
Your Comment   You have characters left.
Security Validation 4 + 8  = 
    
Disclaimer: Kindly do not post any abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful material or SPAM. BelleVision.com reserves the right to block/ remove without notice any content received from users.
Ryan Intl Mangaluru
Maria Tours & Travels

Sunshine Pride
Sunshine Pride
Uzvaad Fortnightly
Uzvaad Fortnightly

Call : 91 9482810148

Your ad Here
Power Care
Nissi Infinity
Tourist & visit visas for UAE
Palm Grove Travels & Tourism

Palm Grove Travels

Syndicate Bank
Arso
Mandavi Acropolis
Mandavi Acropolis
pearl printing
samuelsequeira.com
Anil Studio
Bellevision Cute Kid Contest
Omintec
Udupi Today
Kittall.Com
Kittall.Com

Konkani Literature World

Grace Ministries
Konkanipoetry.com
WINNYS
ABL
Bluechem
BINT AL MULLOK
cheap nike nba jerseys wholesale nike nba jerseys discount nike nba jerseys cheap nike nba jerseys wholesale nike nba jerseys discount nike nba jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale nfl jerseys discount nfl jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap Nike Roshe Run nike Roshe Run Uk 6 nike Roshe Run Uk Sale cheap gucci belts cheap Louis Vuitton Belts Fake Fendi Belts cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discont nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discont nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discont nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discont nba jerseys discount nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys cheap nba jerseys wholesale nba jerseys discount nba jerseys