Massive Brazilian church crowd horrified when woman forcefully shoves beloved priest off stage

A famous priest in Brazil was literally shoved off the stage by a woman right in the middle of a live-streamed Mass in front of thousands.

Churchgoers in Brazil were visibly shaken when they witnessed their beloved priest being shoved off stage. Video screengrab.

An unidentified 32-year-old woman from Rio de Janeiro approached Father Marcelo Rossi as he spoke to a crowd of 50,000 people at a mass during a retreat being held in Cachoeira Paulista, São Paulo, according to the Washington Examiner.

(Video: YouTube)

A now-viral video showed the woman forcefully push the priest and Grammy-nominated Latin singer off the platform as the audience gasped in horror.

The well-known Catholic figure was reportedly not hurt in the incident and had decided not to press charges, returning to the stage to conclude the service and saying he was protected by the Virgin Mary.

“The priest is well,” the church said in a statement. “He was attended by the medical staff at the event and presided over the celebration to the end.”

“All our solidarity with Father Marcelo Rossi,” Jair Bolsonaro, the president of Brazil, said in a tweet. “God looks [over] Brazil.”

The woman, who reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder, told reporters that what had happened was “between [Rossi] and I.”

She was apparently attending the event and had brought her 3-year-old son, according to the newspaper O Dia.

“She said that she wanted to come in to talk to him and that she was scared the moment she saw the security guards running after her,” the newspaper reported. “It’s her version, but anyone who sees the pictures sees that there is none of it [security guards running after her]. She says she got scared and pushed him at a time when she kind of freaked out, lost control, but she had no intention [of hurting him], she just wanted to talk to him.”

The 52-year-old priest reportedly commented on the incident when he returned to the stage.

“It hurt, but pay close attention. I was just going to talk about pain but I did not imagine it was going to be like this,” the priest said, according to Veja, a Brazilian news magazine based in São Paulo, Newsweek reported.

The video has been viewed over 2.6 million times since it was posted five days ago.

Reports that Rossi is openly opposed to same-sex marriage and has been vocal about his anti-gay views were challenged by some who praised the so-called “pop-star priest” as a very likable person with a large youth following.

Many Twitter users just expressed their shock over the incident and the image captured on video.


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