Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:42am ET
LISBON (Reuters) - A man pretending to be a priest was arrested by
police as he prepared to baptize a baby in a small town in the north
"When the man said 'in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy
Spirit' police came in and grabbed him," a member of the church was
quoted by local daily Jornal de Noticias as saying.
A spokeswoman for the Portuguese police said the 34-year-old man was
arrested on suspicion of impersonating a priest and had several
similar arrest warrants to his name.
"We had to interrupt the religious ceremony to identify the suspect,"
said spokeswoman Amelia Moutinho, adding that the public prosecutor
would now investigate the case.
The baby was later baptized by a real priest, the local daily said.
The man was arrested on June 16.