A Catholic priest in Poland Fr. Dr. Ireneusz Bakalarczyk, 38 years old, suffered wounds to the chest and had to undergo surgery, according to Monika Kowalska, a spokeswoman for the city’s University Clinical Hospital. Fr. Ireneusz, a member of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), was responsible for the Latin Mass in the parish and he was part of the curia notary.
She described the priest's condition as stable. A 57-year-old man suspected of carrying out the attack was stopped by police immediately after the incident, the PAP news agency reported. It quoted a spokesman for police, Krzysztof Zaporowski, as saying that the incident occurred shortly before 7 am on Monday in front of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the Sand in the city centre. "The man approached the priest, started a conversation with him, and then stabbed him with a knife," Zaporowski said, as quoted by PAP. He added that the detained man was being questioned by investigators. His motives were not immediately clear.
Archbishop Metropolitan of Wroclaw Józef Kupny on Twitter wrote that he prayed for the intention of Father Ireneusz and appealed to the faithful to pray for the priest's recovery.
"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Archbp. Lefebvre 1980