Bishop Is Stabbed During Live Streamed Service in Sydney

Two days after a deadly stabbing attack at a crowded mall in Sydney, the police in Australia said they had arrested a man on suspicion of stabbing multiple people during mass at a church in a suburb west of the city.

A police operation was underway after 7:10 p.m. local time on Monday, the New South Wales Police Force said in a statement. The police said that “a number of people were stabbed,” but that none of them had suffered life-threatening injuries. The Australian news media reported that there were four victims, including a religious leader.

A livestream of a service at the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, Australia, showed an assailant walking up to Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel while he was addressing a crowd and beating him repeatedly with his hand, while holding an object that can’t be seen in the video. Cries and screams can be heard from others in the church.

“A large police response is underway, and the public is urged to avoid the area,” the police said. “It’s important that the community remain calm.”

Bishop Emmanuel is part of an ultraconservative sect of the Assyrian Orthodox religion. He is known to livestream his sermons online. During the pandemic, he opposed lockdowns and preached against Covid vaccinations. He has also often condemned L.G.B.T.Q. people.

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