A woman ran onstage and violently shoved a famous priest during a Mass Sunday in Cachoeira Paulista, a city located 130 miles southwest of São Paulo, Brazil.
In the shocking video, an unnamed 32-year-old woman is seen running toward Padre Marcelo Rossi, a wildly popular preacher in the country, and then shoving him off the stage.
The shocked audience of 50,000 can be seen screaming in incredulity.
The incident happened shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday during the closing Mass of a traditional youth retreat. Around 50,000 young Catholics were in attendance, the Brazilian news site Globo.com reported.
According to the police, the woman was one of the participants in the retreat. She was accompanied by a group who had traveled from Rio de Janeiro to attend. They reportedly told the police that she suffers from mental health problems.
The newspaper O Dia reported that the woman, who was at the event with her 3-year-old son, told reporters Monday that what happened was “between [Rossi] and I.”
The priest, who decided not to press charges, wasn’t seriously hurt.
The church released a video after the incident saying that he felt some pain, but hadn’t broken anything: “The priest is well. He was attended by the medical staff at the event and presided over the celebration to the end.”
Dubbed Brazil’s “pop-star priest” by the Associated Press, and Brazil’s “celebrity priest” by Newsweek, Rossi has been a phenomenon in popular culture in Brazil since the late 1990s.
A former physical education teacher, he was ordained as a priest in 1994. His charismatic approach to minister Catholics in Brazil struck a chord with the religious population in the country, and he eventually became a mainstream celebrity.
He’s a best-selling author and singer, whose events routinely sell out stadiums.
Rossi is also a vocal anti-gay crusader, who in 1998 said that “a lot of ideas will change the day homosexuality is proven to be an illness,” and in 2012 claimed that same-sex marriage “doesn’t come from God.”
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