Rome Newsroom, Nov 5, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Fr. Nikolas Kakavelakis, a Greek Orthodox priest who was seriously wounded in a shooting Saturday, has emerged from coma, according to French media.

“He came out of a coma … and has started speaking again today. He manages to move a little but he has a lot of pain, ” Georges Vassilakis, the regional manager of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of France, told Le Parisien Nov. 4.

The priest was attacked with a sawn-off shotgun the afternoon of Oct. 31 as he was closing the Church of the Annunciation in Lyon. While out of a medically induced coma, Kakavelakis may still need surgery, local Orthodox leaders have said. He still has severe injuries from being shot in the chest and abdomen.

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