CNA Staff, Nov 2, 2020 / 11:42 am America/Denver (CNA).
Fr. Nikolas Kakavelakis, a Greek Orthodox priest in Lyon, was gravely wounded in a shooting Saturday. Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.
The priest was attacked with a sawn-off shotgun the afternoon of Oct. 31 as he was closing the Church of the Annunciation.
“We pray for his speedy recovery and unequivocally condemn all forms of violence,” the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of France stated.
Fr. Nicolas, 52, was to have returned to Greece soon. He has been at the Lyon parish since 2012.
A suspect who fit the description given by witnesses was taken into custody Saturday night, but he did not have a weapon, and he was released Nov. 1, as there was no evidence connecting him to the attack.