This is the moment a Catholic priest drenches his congregation with holy water using a fumigation pump.
The bizarre scenes were recorded by an onlooker at the San Pedro Apostol church located in the municipality of Sabanalarga in the northern Colombian department of Atlantico as priest Juan Carlos Dunque was blessing the congregation.
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In the video, Dunque can be seen with a fumigation pump strapped to his back and he sprays the churchgoers with holy water stored in the tank.
The congregation can be seen clapping and singing as the priest sprays them with the fumigation pump.
The strange incident occurred during Pentecostal mass and the priest has now the Archbishopric of Santa Fe of Antioquia has reportedly reprimanded the priest for his behaviour because he was using non-traditional objects.
Orlando Corrales, Archbishop of Santa Fe of Antioquia, told local media that holy water should be distributed with a pot and hyssop ( a small brush used for sprinkling water). The archbishop added that the priest had apologised but said he would be brought in for a meeting with the archbishopric next week. He added that the priest’s behaviour does not warrant a sanction.
However, Local resident Alonso de Jesus Concha Rojo told reporters: “This has never happened before, but it was a transcendental thing for the municipality because people here are very religious and left the ceremony very happy. The holy water had never dropped onto everybody, as in general the priest walks around and the water only touches the first few people.”
And Milvia Munera, another churchgoer, said: “This is an amazing act, people were happy, all of them were curious, it (the water) did not get to everybody, then he had to use the pump and we all had holy water.”
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