GRAPHIC: “TikTok Bishop” Stabbed During Sermon, Sydney, Australia

Update (0842 EST): The suspect has reportedly been removed from the church.

Update (0812 EST): Two police officers have reportedly been injured by the rioters as they continue to demand the release of the attacker to them.

Update (0757 EST): The suspect reportedly carried out the attack for religious reasons, the suspect’s religion has not been identified as of this post. Liverpool Hospital where the Bishop has been processed is currently on lockdown as rioters are being repulsed by police with pepper spray. These rioters are supporting the Bishop and are demanding the release of the suspect to them, most likely for a lynching. As of this publication, the attacker is still inside the church in police custody with a large group of civilians blocking the church entrances.

Update (0743 EST): Local officials are calling for calm as parishioners and other community members have initiated a low-level riot in response to the attack. Fairfield, NSW, Australia Mayor Carbone has called on community members to return home as the police conduct their investigation.

Update (0717 EST): The attacker can be seen below, smiling after carrying out the attack. Bishop Mari Emmanuel has been reported in stable condition.

Update (0643 EST): The NSW Police Force has confirmed a male suspect has been arrested and that multiple victims have sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Update (0632 EST): Reports are now emerging that the suspect, previously reported to have been transported to a local police station, is actually still inside the Christ the Good Shepard Church. Service attendees are reportedly holding him and not allowing him to leave as police are working to bring him out. This is developing, check back for updates.

The Incident

At approximately 0540 EST, initial reports indicated that a Chrisitan leader had been stabbed at the Christ The Good Shepherd Church in the in the Wakeley area of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

After reviewing the below footage, it is clear that the victim is Bishop H.G. Mar Mari Emmanuel.

The video appears to show Bishop H.G. Mar Mari Emmanuel (born Robert Shlimon) delivering a sermon over live-stream when the suspect approaches the lectern and begins stabbing him with a pen. Service-goers immediately spring into action and detain the suspect who was taken to Fairfield Police station. The Bishop was taken to Liverpool Hospital and his injuries are not currently clear.

The Bishop

In July 2014, Mari Emmanuel was suspended from the Syriac Christianity archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand on the grounds of disobeying canons promulgated by the First Council of Nicaea in AD 325. His former parish there was Saint Zaia Cathedral – Middleton Grange, New South Wales. By January 2015, he established an independent church where this stabbing took place today. As of March 2023, Mar Mari Emmanuel was not listed among the clergy of the Assyrian Church’s Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and Lebanon.

Mari Emmanuel’s church has gained popularity via his TikTok presence and he has been dubbed the “TikTok Bishop” through several popular videos such as “Satan Has Engulfed the Churches”, where the Bishop expresses his opinions on Pope Francis “going woke.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mari Emmanuel was criticized for speaking out against Australian lockdowns, calling the disease no different from the flu.

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United States Military Academy and American Military University Alumni. Victor covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.

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