Watch: Naked Man Scales Budapest Basilica Altar

  • 25 Jan 2024 9:43 AM
  • Hungary Around the Clock
Watch: Naked Man Scales Budapest Basilica Altar
A man appearing to be mentally deranged pushed aside the church guards, rushed into St. István Basilica, took off his clothes and climbed onto the altar on Sunday, Magyar Kúrir reported on Monday based on a statement issued by the Esztergom-Budapest diocese.

Video available here

The Catholic news website did not go into detail but the website of M1 Híradó posted a video showing the man standing naked on the altar.

Some of those present tried to get him to come down, but failed.

The man was finally led away by police. The building had to be closed for a short time due to the sacrilegious incident.

Evening masses and services were held without disruption after an expiatory service was conducted in the Basilica.

Budapest Police took the man, a 20-year-old Nigerian studying in Debrecen, into custody.

This was not the first time that he had committed a sacrilegious act.

His deportation was ordered on Wednesday with immediate effect. The man is reportedly staying at the Nyírbátor guarded reception centre.

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