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This is the viral moment a playful pooch interrupts a Catholic mass by biting at the priest’s robe and the clergyman responds by smiling and stroking the cheeky dog.
The incident took place at the Nossa Senhora das Dores church, in the city of Belo Horizonte in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais and the clip has gone viral with over six million views online.
In the video, a priest, named in reports as Jose Geraldo Sobreira, can be seen leading the hymns during mass with a microphone in his hand. A dog can be seen rolling around at the bottom of his robe and the pooch then starts playfully biting at the material.
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The priest looks down as his canine companion and smiles as he begins to pet the dog, who flips onto its back as it continues playing with the robe.
Local media report it is unclear where the dog appeared from but reports have referred to the pooch as “an angel on four paws”.
The video has received thousands of comments, such as ‘Jose Walter Bastos’ who wrote: “Man of God, patience of San Francis towards animals. Dear and loved by all. A blessing for all of us.”
And ‘Leticia Sant’Anna’ commented: “Beautiful attitude from the priest! The world needs more compassion and love for animals!”
While ‘Rodrigo Sant’Anna’ added: “I don’t know about you guys but I would have picked the dog up and taken it home with me.”
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