Police Arrests Man Charged With Punching Bishop In the Face During Mass In Church

Newark police has arrested a man who accused of assault after punching in face of an auxiliary bishop during mass at a New Jersey cathedral on 28 January, though a video footage helped to capture him.


After being punched by the 42-year-old Charles Miller in middle of a mass honoring baseball legend Roberto Clemente, located at Newark’s Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart, bishop has been recovering gradually.

The video demonstrates that Miller hitting Rev. Manuel A. Cruz after passing through the altar, while Cruz is the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.

However, footage made police access easy to criminal and detained him, while Cruz was taken to the hospital after being punched by him, isn’t suffer serious injuries.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Newark, James Goodness, got really upset by suffering although more than 99 parishioners were gathered for a mass to celebrate baseball player Roberto Clemente in Sacred Heart Cathedral on 28 January (Saturday) at afternoon.

Goodness thanked the security forces who found out wrongdoer but hasn’t thought about it even in church. Saturday mass was in honor of Clemente, the Baseball Hall of Famer, who lost his life traveling in plane that crashed in 1972, on way to Nicaragua personally delivering humanitarian help to quake victims.

Newark’s beloved bishop talked reporters in medical center saying he feels pain as Miller hit harder in his mouth, gets frightened as didn’t expect for this in church.

Medical officials told media that Cruz got 30 stitches in his face as Miller punched him harder during Saturday mass. The Archdiocese of Newark spokesman told that Miller’s act made them shock as well sad but by grace of God everything is normal and Cruz is recovering his face injury.

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