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In an apparent racist attack, a Catholic priest of Indian origin 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 on Sunday.
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 bailed to appear in Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on June 13.