Priest stabbed during livestream of morning mass in Canada's largest church

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By Farnoush Amiri  with NBC News World News
Saint Joseph Oratory Basilica church in Montreal. Building
St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal.   -   Copyright  Roberto Machado Noa

A man has been arrested after a priest in Montreal was stabbed on Friday during a live-streamed morning mass in Canada's largest church.

Father Claude Grou, the rector of the Saint Joseph's Oratory, was taken to the hospital and is said to be in a stable condition, according to the Archdiocese of Montreal.

Authorities responded to call around 8:40 am and when they arrived the priest was lightly injured on his upper body, Montreal police spokesperson Caroline Chèvrefils said.

The suspect was taken into custody, transported to a detention centre and will be interviewed by investigators later today, she said.

Grou was not "afraid for his life," tweeted Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre, director of communications for the Catholic Church of Quebec.