The priest during the baptism cheered on a baby’s face (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Angry priest slaps baby who wouldn’t stop crying during baptism

A video of a priest slapping a baby during a baptism has shocked the internet.

The priest, who is speaking French, is seen blessing the baby and the child begins crying.

He is heard telling the child "calm down, calm down, you must calm down" before holding its face, he then strikes the child with his hand after losing his temper as it continued to cry.

The parents or god-parents of the child look to be in disbelief as the priest begins to pull the child close to him once again.

The clip, which has been widely circulating online, shows the shocked reaction as the a man who appears to be the father is forced to wrestle the child from the French clergyman. The slap occurs about 22 seconds into the video.

The child's relatives still appear to be smiling as the priest brings the baby's head towards his, but the baby reacts badly and flails its right arm towards the woman.

"There, you have to calm yourself, you have to calm yourself, there, there", the priest says, according to KFOR.

"I will spill water on the forehead, hmm? If this ever happens to my child best believe there's gonna a lot more then just slapping happening to his face".

Emily MacDonald wrote: 'He wasn't a man of God.

Before she struck, the master of ceremonies addressed directly to the child, urging him to calm down.

People on YouTube took to the comments section to express their outrage at the priest's behavior.

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