Sunday, May 10, 2009

Father Shaji "going to be OK."

>>>>CORPUS CHRISTI — SINTON — A priest stabbed, kicked and beaten Friday in Sinton was upgraded from critical to serious condition but still is unable to talk, Corpus Christi Diocese officials said Saturday.
Diocese officials are encouraged by the recovery of the Rev. Shaji F. Varghese, 42, administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
“His wounds weren’t as deep as anticipated,” said Bishop Edmond Carmody, who visited Varghese on Saturday at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital. “He’s alert. His eyes are open, and he’s going to be OK. But he has a long road ahead.”
Police said David Rodriguez, 36, attacked Varghese about 7:40 a.m. Friday in the side doorway of the sanctuary after both celebrated Mass.
Without incident, authorities arrested Rodriguez, a man who sought help at the church for about a year, parishioners said. He remained in San Patricio County Jail on Saturday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence on bonds totaling $350,000, jail officials said.<<<

from our local news paper, the Caller Times (Mike Baird is the reporter)

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