External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj has recently taken strict action towards the helm of an Indian origin church priest in Australia Father Tomy Kalathoor Mathew after an attempt on his life by a citizen of Italian origin. Speaking to ANI, Swaraj said, “Our Consulate officials met Father Mathew in the hospital. Police arrested attacker,charged him with attempt to murder.” Informing the media about the details on the incident, Swaraj said “There was attempt on life of church priest in Australia by citizen of Italian origin, who had a problem with him presiding over church.”
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Swaraj also said, “Father Mathew was immediately taken to the hospital. The attacker had a problem with Father Mathew presiding over the church. Our Consulate is in touch with the Police authorities and will keep us informed of the progress of the case.”
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A man armed with a knife came to Father Mathew, 48, in the church foyer moments before the Italian- language mass at St Matthew’s Parish in Fawkner on Sunday. As per local media reports, the offender told the priest that because he was Indian, he must be a Hindu or a Muslim and therefore unqualified to say mass. Later the man stabbed the knife in Father’s neck. Later, the 72-year-old man from Fawkner was arrested and charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury.
Father Mathew suffered minor injuries and is in a stable condition at The Northern Hospital. Vicar general Monsignor Greg Bennet informed that the priest was doing well in the hospital and wanted to get back to work soon.