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26-year-old man charged with attempted murder in Montreal priest stabbing

26-year-old man charged with attempted murder in Montreal priest stabbing
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MONTREAL—A 26-year old man has been charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of a Catholic priest during morning mass at Montreal’s St. Joseph’s Oratory on Friday.

Vlad Cristian Eremia appeared in a Montreal court via videoconference on Saturday afternoon, and is also charged with assault with a weapon.

Catholic Priest Claude Grou speaks at a press conference on March 1, 2019, about the work to be done at Saint Joseph s Oratory in Montreal.  (SEBASTIEN ST-JEAN / AFP/GETTY IMAGES file photo)

The Crown objected to his release and requested he receive a psychosocial evaluation before his next appearance.

Meantime, The priest who was stabbed is expressing gratitude for the support he’s received from the public.

Rev. Claude Grou was released from hospital Friday night after suffering minor injuries in the attack.

Police have not suggested a motive for the attack, but say there’s no evidence to suggest the suspect was linked to any group.
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