VIDEO: [St. Joseph’s Oratory] Horrified parishioners watch a man charge the alter and stab Father Claude Grow, 77, while he was celebrating morning Mass at St. Jospeh’s Oratory in Montreal. The Catholic priest suffered lacerations to his upper body. [Mar. 22, 2019]
Father Marcin Mironiuk had just finished leading evening mass at Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish in south Edmonton on March 13 when he was approached by a young man he didn’t recognize.
Within seconds, the stranger threw Mironiuk to the ground and wrapped his hands tightly around Mironiuk’s neck, said Lorraine Turchansky, a spokesperson for the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton.
As Mironiuk struggled to breathe, parishioners responded with the only weapons they had at their disposal — their walking canes.
“They were elderly ladies who were very shocked, understandably, but they did manage to intervene,” Turchansky said in an interview Tuesday with CBC Radio’s Edmonton AM.
“They hit him with their canes and got him to release the priest.”
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