Watch the moment Leo the cat vanishes under the Dean of Canterbury's robes during sermon

Leo the cat disappeared under the dean's robes during a morning sermon Credit: Canterbury Cathedral

A cathedral cat has become a viral sensation after brazenly disrupting a recording of morning prayers.

Oblivious to the sincere proceedings being conducted, Leo was caught on camera wandering into view before disappearing beneath the Dean of Canterbury's robes.

Somehow keeping a straight face, the Very Revd Dr Robert Willis managed to avoid a feline fiasco and continued with his sermon.

But while Leo is "undoubtedly the comedian" of the Deanery's four cats, he nonetheless takes his role as an ambassador "very seriously", a cathedral spokesman said.

Leo the cat takes his role as ambassador very seriously according to a cathedral spokesperson Credit: Canterbury Cathedral
The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis managed to keep a straight face Credit: Canterbury Cathedral

Even without Leo's impromptu appearances, the Kent cathedral's online services have proved extremely popular during lockdown to provide comfort and solace in difficult times.