Indian Catholic priest stabbed in Melbourne church in apparent hate crime

The man has been charged for stabbing Rev Tomy Kalathoor Mathew in the neck moments before the priest was due to give the 11 a.m. Italian-language mass on Sunday.

By: ANI | Melbourne | Published:March 20, 2017 8:10 am
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In an apparent hate crime, an Indian Catholic priest was attacked by a 72-year-old man while leading the Sunday mass in a Melbourne church, according to media reports. Racism may be the reason the priest was stabbed in the neck moments before he was about to say mass at a Melbourne church, reports News.com.au.

According to the report, it is believed that the offender told the priest that because he was Indian, he must be a Hindu or a Muslim and therefore can’t be saying mass.

The man has been charged for stabbing Rev Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, 48, in the neck moments before the priest was due to give the 11 a.m. Italian-language mass on Sunday.

He has been charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and bailed to appear in the Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on June 13.

Father Tomy is recovering from non life-threatening injuries in hospital.

The attack was described as “appalling” by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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    Rani
    Mar 20, 2017 at 4:55 am
    And ur the biggest terrorist
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      Rani
      Mar 20, 2017 at 4:56 am
      U fool do u know to read English, u have a brain of a lizard
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        IslamForFoools
        Mar 20, 2017 at 5:01 am
        I pity you for following ideology of repist mohemmed. Convert back to original Hinduism to which your ancestors belong
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          IslamForFoools
          Mar 20, 2017 at 4:59 am
          Isis kuran terrorist spotted here
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            IslamForFoools
            Mar 20, 2017 at 3:13 am
            Now brown azz duplicate xerox copy converted Indian xchians understand how they are treated by white xchians. Ghar wapasi is the only solution, convert back to hinduism
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              Tushar
              Mar 20, 2017 at 6:24 am
              And u are the biggest BRAHMIN terrorist ..
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                Tushar
                Mar 20, 2017 at 6:32 am
                Don't insult lizards madam
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                  Tushar
                  Mar 20, 2017 at 6:36 am
                  Here from all comments the only person struck with negitive complex and hatred is u ..
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                    Tushar
                    Mar 20, 2017 at 6:31 am
                    Shall I ask U something .y do u skip ur medicine so frequently .. And one more thing .y don't I stop this 50 paisa commenting job dude .. If u are believing n God u re doing a sin ... Creating a divisive mentality I'm common people with fake and modified histories and misleading them what results in a blood shed is a bigger sin .. ... U can't do justice to ur message Nd if it goes on ... U re infact giving support to violence what would result in losenof many innocents life n both sides
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                      Tushar
                      Mar 20, 2017 at 6:35 am
                      U SOB ...u re the biggest enmy of the country and humanity ..and I pity those who support this worm who is mentally ill due to some reason like being left in orphanage as he was born in some illi CIT relation ... lt;br/gt; Do u know the Brahmins doesn't belong to India .they came along with those who invaded India long back.it's Aryans who lived here who are moved to South having no other solution to fight with those invading powers .. And u belong to those who came from.outside and howling about nationalism ... Dig a and get buried urself ..
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                        RJ Man
                        Mar 20, 2017 at 3:10 am
                        Foreigners coming to India get raped. Think about that. We need to clean up our own house before pointing fingers at others.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What happened to the priest was wrong. But, before making this a big issue think of what is happening within our country.
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                          Antony
                          Mar 20, 2017 at 6:42 am
                          Convert back to a Taliban sanghi who kills people in the name of cow?? Are eat gober to prove nationalism?
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                            Antony
                            Mar 20, 2017 at 6:51 am
                            You and your Sanghis are biggest terrorist and soon American s will bomb your headquarters in Nagpur
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                              Jeswin
                              Mar 20, 2017 at 3:22 am
                              Hindus think they can be differentiated from muslims, Christians think they can be differentiated from hindus and muslims.. outside india you are just a brown man.. Each person has a big bloated ego which gets punctured once you go abroad.
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                                Jeswin
                                Mar 20, 2017 at 6:39 am
                                Not true, another myth that thomas came early being propogated by the kerala church. But i agree everyone is indian.
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                                  joe almeida
                                  Mar 20, 2017 at 3:12 am
                                  Jealousy will get no one anywhere. Majority of Indians are doing well all over the world. Has nothing to do with religion. Or colour of the skin. Once again its jealousy.
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                                    Indian
                                    Mar 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm
                                    Reading all the comments and the article, all I feel is - has humanity vanished from the face of Earth? People have started killing and fighting for petty things like religion, race and creed. Is this what everyone has come down to?lt;br/gt;Looking at all the comments below (which looks more like a Hindu-Muslim-Christian war zone) I feel worried at what values you are ping to other people and the future generations. Be proud of your nationality, your values, yourself, but be accepting of others as well. This is not just 1 country or 1 society - it would help the world on the w.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We wish you a quick recovery Father Mathew and I pray that people learn to be human.
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                                      Mahender Goriganti
                                      Mar 20, 2017 at 4:10 am
                                      Why is not hate crime?? "Color white and Christian"
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                                        mtv
                                        Mar 20, 2017 at 6:03 am
                                        Why do you stop the conversion back only to Hinduism. Why not go back much earlier? Go back to Aryans, Dravidians or whatever existed before Hinduism.
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                                          SP
                                          Mar 20, 2017 at 6:10 am
                                          It should be an opener to the religious community. In ancient India , it was told ( Gita too repeats ) - To follow ones own Dhrma is better , than following others, because it takes you to no place socially , intellectually and spiritually .
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                                            Raghu
                                            Mar 20, 2017 at 3:30 am
                                            Hope now so called converted ch.ris.tians soon will realise how big mistake they did. They think convertion makes them equal to white!😄😄😄 never. So message to all converts don't sell our nation to foreigners. Sooner or later that is the fate you all get.
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