Press Esc to close
Wednesday 28 June 2017
News updated at 10:47 AM IST

Catholic priest of Indian heritage stabbed in Australia

Melbourne, Mar 20, 2017, (PTI) 9:48 IST
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 yesterday.

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 yesterday.

In an apparent racist attack, a Catholic priest of Indian heritage 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 yesterday.

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 bailedto appear in Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court on June 13.

"At this stage, we believe the incident is isolated. There's nothing to suggest he's a danger to anyone else," Detective Senior Constable Rhiannon Norton told reporters.

Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman Shane Healy described the incident as "appalling".

"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," he said.

Father Tomy Mathew suffered minor upper-body injuries and remains in a stable condition at The Northern Hospital. Vicar General Monsignor Greg Bennet said the priest was doing well in the hospital and wanted to get back to work soon.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
An Iraqi special forces soldier walks by a damaged house during fighting...

An Iraqi special forces soldier walks by a damaged house during fighting...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Prime Minister of Netherlands...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the Prime Minister of Netherlands...

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath shaking hands with Takehiko Nakao...

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditiyanath shaking hands with Takehiko Nakao...

Zoo workers carry the carcass of 11-year old Royal Bengal tiger Lachit...

Zoo workers carry the carcass of 11-year old Royal Bengal tiger Lachit...

Rescue workers underway to save the five-year-old boy Mangesh Jadhav...

Rescue workers underway to save the five-year-old boy Mangesh Jadhav...

England's Natalie Sciver plays a shot against Pakistan during the ICC...

England's Natalie Sciver plays a shot against Pakistan during the ICC...

Indian boxer Vijendra Singh and Chinese boxer Zulpikar Miamiatiali...

Indian boxer Vijendra Singh and Chinese boxer Zulpikar Miamiatiali...

A gray heron (Ardea cinerea) stands next to a pond and...

A gray heron (Ardea cinerea) stands next to a pond and...

A vehicle wades through a waterlogged road...

A vehicle wades through a waterlogged road...

A lightning strikes near the Heilig Kreuz church...

A lightning strikes near the Heilig Kreuz church...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.