A Catholic priest was stabbed at Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Americas, and taken to a hospital, where he is listed in serious but stable condition, government and church officials said.
The Rev. Miguel Angel Machorro was attacked at the cathedral on Monday, the Mexican Conference of Bishops said in a Twitter post.
Police arrested a suspect in his late 20s who "apparently stabbed a priest while he celebrated Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral," the Federal District Attorney's Office said.
"The victim, who had wounds in the neck caused by a sharp weapon, was quickly taken by police officers to a private clinic, where he was reported to be in serious but stable condition," the DA's office said in a statement.
"The suspect, who identified himself as John Rock Schild, told authorities that he is an American artist and invoked his right to remain silent," the DA's office said.
According to a report from the Catholic Multimedia Center, Mexico remained the most dangerous country in the world for priests in 2016 for the eighth year in a row after an “alarming” increase in attacks on priests since President Enrique Peña Nieto entered office in 2012.