Catholic priest hospitalized after knife assault in Poland

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WARSAW, Poland — Authorities in Poland say {that a} Roman Catholic priest is hospitalized in critical situation after a person attacked him with a knife.

Krzysztof Zaporowski, police spokesman within the southwestern metropolis of Wroclaw, mentioned the attacker approached the priest early Monday in entrance of town’s Holiest Mary church. The attacker has been detained.

Monika Kowalska, a spokeswoman for Wroclaw Univesrity Hospital, mentioned the priest underwent surgical procedure for chest wounds and is in steady situation.

The circumstances surrounding the assault was not instantly clear. It comes at a time when Poland’s influential Catholic Church is confronted with allegations about intercourse abuse of minors by some clergymen, and faces questions in regards to the apply of shifting the perpetrators amongst parishes slightly than meting out correct punishment.