A man armed with a stick attacked the Roman Catholic Bishop of Muenster during the solemn Easter service in the German city’s cathedral today.
Police said 60-year-old bishop Felix Genn could defend himself with an incense bowl and was unharmed.
“Courageous church officials and other service attendants could retain the attacker until police arrived,” a police spokesman told German news agency DAPD.
After the incident, the bishop continued celebrating the Easter service.
Police say the 44-year-old man was armed with a stick broken off a brush when he stormed through the packed church up to the altar.