Man punches bishop in the face

The Mass was being held to commemorate the life of baseball great Roberto Clemente, who died in a 1972 plane crash as he flew to Nicaragua to deliver aid to natural disaster victims.

Bishop Manuel Cruz leads prayers on Saturday afternoon inside Newark's Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The video, obtained by TAPintoNewark.com, shows a man dressed in a white suit and matching hat stroll up to the altar and swiftly punch Newark Archdiocese Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz in the face while he is speaking to the congregation.

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"It was a very shocking and horrific moment", said Mark Bonamo. "People were shocked. Some people ducked, others screamed", he said. The bishop fell to the ground and was shielded by an altar boy.

"We are thankful that law enforcement officers were able to apprehend the assailant", said James Goodness, spokesman for the Newark Archdiocese.

Bonamo said the weird attack had not deterred him from the cathedral, rather, he said it's bringing him closer.

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"I am in pain, I'm a little frightened inside", Cruz said in an interview with CBS New York.

Cruz addressed the congregation Sunday and told parishioners he was doing well. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on his behalf, and no potential motive has been released by police. They say he got some stitches and even spoke to the community at Sunday morning Mass, telling them he believes this was an isolated incident.

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