A Holy Mass, remembering a Latino baseball star, offered at the Newark cathedral Saturday by the Newark Auxiliary bishop. While the  auxiliary bishop was saying mass he  assaulted by an unidentified man.

Newark Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz was offering the opening prayers of the Mass when a man wearing a white robe over a red suit left his pew, approached the altar, and punched the bishop in the face, according to local news outlets.

The bishop fell backwards on the altar. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, although officials say his injuries are not serious.

A 48-year-old Newark man has been arrested and charged with assault, according to NJ.com. Officials did not speculate on a possible motive.

The Mass – which was being held at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart – was intended to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the death of Roberto Clemente, a Puerto Rican professional baseball player.

Source: Catholicnews