"The priest, Rev Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife by the Italian during the Mass at a Catholic church in Melbourne suburbs," News18 quoted Thiruvallom Bhasi, editor of a Melbourne daily visiting Thiruvananthapuram.
"While the ceremony was on, the accused came forward and shouted that since he (Mathew) is an Indian, he couldn't conduct the Mass," Mr Bhasi added.
As per reports, the assailant approached the priest just before the Holy Mass and said that he wanted to speak something in private with him. However the priest told him that he would speak to him after the Mass after which the assailant took out a knife and stabbed the priest on the neck.
He was rushed to Northern Hospital where he was treated for a wound to his neck and was later discharged. The police on Sunday night arrested a 72-year-old Fawkner man, believed to be of Italian origin who was allegedly responsible for the attack.
Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has condemned the incident.
"This is appalling behaviour and 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," Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne's spokesman Shane Healy said.
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