A video bearing the channel's logo shows a tall man in a dark coat and white baseball cap walking calmly between the pews and up the steps into the church sanctuary, then rushing toward Rev. Claude Grou as the priest stands behind the altar. Police say he sustained minor injuries to his upper body.
CTV added that the oratory won't be closed Friday despite the attack, although the the lower church - the site of the incident - remains closed as police conduct an investigation.
Following the stabbing, the suspect dropped the knife and stood up as members of the congregation ran towards him. "I do remember the priest was moving away from the man but it happened so quickly there was nearly no time to react". Those officers arrested the suspect and brought him to a police station for questioning.
"I'd thought he was just going to kneel in front of the alter to pray, like many people do", she said. "I do not think it was directed directly to the man, but who can say?"
"I do remember the priest was moving away from the man, but it happened so quickly there was nearly no time to react", Barrett said, according to the outlet, adding that the knife-wielding man didn't speak or call out during the attack and didn't struggle after being subdued.
A number of politicians extended their prayers to Father Grou wishing for a quick recovery, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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"I ran out of the church screaming to alert the security and Father Grou at the same time ran out the stairs to come with me in the sacristy but he didn't get there", said Plamondon.
Police did not reveal a motive for the attack.
Mayor Valerie Plante called the assault a "horrible and inexcusable act that has no place in Montreal".
"I am relieved to learn that the life of Father Claude Grou, rector of the Oratory, is out of danger and that his condition is stable".
Plamondon talked to Grou before he left the church, and told him "Saint Joseph protected you".