A 72-year-old man has been charged over an attack on a priest at a Melbourne church.
The Fawkner man is accused of stabbing Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, 48, in the neck moments before the priest was due to give the 11am Italian-language mass on Sunday.
The older man was charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and bailed to appear in the Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court on June 13.
The offender has been taken to hospital for assessment, police say.
The attack was described as "appalling" by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.
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