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Posted at: Mar 21, 2017, 1:54 AM; last updated: Mar 21, 2017, 12:05 PM (IST)

Indian priest stabbed in Australia ‘hate crime’

Indian priest stabbed in Australia ‘hate crime’
Tomy Kalathoor Mathew

Melbourne, March 20

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.

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It is 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, the local media reported. — PTI

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