Man rushes altar to stab priest during Mass

The attack occurred in one of Montreal's biggest churches.
2:13 | 03/23/19

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altar, you see it there, with a knife in his hand taking aim ABC's Zachary kiesch joins us with more. Zachary. Reporter: Tom, good morning to you. It's hard to rationalize this. It was another brutal attack in what should be a safe space. Dozens worshiping when someone begins chasing the priest with a knife. A shot to their sense of safety, police are now looking at this video as part of their investigation into a vicious attack on a priest. He quickly came up the stairs taking a big knife out of his side. Reporter: The stabbing was streamed live on the catholic television network in Montreal. In the middle of mass, you can see a man wearing a baseball cap here get up in front of the altar and charge towards the priest. From Claude group on the altar attempts to run but is caught pushed to the ground and stabbed in the upper body. So I ran out of the church screaming to alert the security. Reporter: The congregation then jumping into action running towards the attack restraining the suspect and helping the pastor. Despite the attack, this morning this priest is out of the hospital. Now, I am fine. I will take a little rest and will be back. Reporter: This terrifying event playing out in front of 50 worshippers at can did's biggest church, St. Jove's oratory. Major Valerie Plante calling it horrible in an inexcusable gesture. Father group says the violence won't keep him from his calling. I'm not afraid to go back to work. This could have been much, much worse. The knife the assailant was carrying actually broke off during this attack. Think about that. Talk about divine intervention. The idea this took place again at church. In terms of the suspect at this point we know he is a we don't know the connection between him and the pastor at this point but does have a criminal record. Still a lot of questions on this motive there. Shocking video. Definitely.

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