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

He has been enjoying making our daily broadcasts since March and, whilst he would be happy to be in every one, we have tried to include the others to prevent them getting jealous.

Canterbury Cathedral spokesperson
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.