An elderly nun split up two female models as they kissed for a magazine photoshoot, accusing them of "devilry."
Models Serena de Ferrari and Kyshan Wilson were posing during a photo shoot in the Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood in Naples for the upcoming third issue of Italy's Not Yet Magazine, all about art and lifestyle.
As Ferrari and Wilson locked lips, an unidentified nun — dressed in an all-white habit — seemingly pooped out of nowhere and rushed up towards the pair.
Dragging the two women apart, the nun shouted:
"What are you doing? This is the devil's work."
After pulling the actresses apart, the elderly nun scolded them for their actions and yelled out some prayers in Italian.
The nun even accused them of 'devilry.'
But Ferrari and Wilson, who also star in a famous Italian TV soap, Mare Fuori, exchanged glances and laughed it off as they both found the situation amusing.
The nun then set her sights on the camera crew, saying their generation is to blame for COVID-19, before crossing herself and adding:
"Jesus, Joseph, and Mary."
Respecting the age of the elderly nun and her firm religious beliefs, the two actresses didn't say a thing throughout the encounter.
Not Yet Magazine later shared the video of the incident on Instagram with the caption:
"When you go viral but not for something good."
The scene was filmed by makeup artist Roberta Mastalia who told Italian media that the nun asked if they had been to Mass that morning.
Mastalia told the outlet:
"We were on location in the Spanish Quarter in Naples, in a little side street with the two models, when all of a sudden the nun walked past.
"She asked us if we had been to Mass that day, and when we said 'no,' she started blaming young people for the coronavirus, and then she saw the two models posing up ready to kiss, and that's when she ran forward to split them up."
"Our first reaction was we were all stunned… [we] took it as a bit of a joke and in fact, you can see from the video the two girls are laughing."
When Mastalia stressed the team was doing a photo shoot, the nun got the hint and "slowly walked off."
Commenting on the incident, Antonello Sannino, the president of a local LGBTQ +community group Arcigay, said:
"It was homophobic behavior from the nun, but at least she wasn't aggressive."
"It seems as if the nun was outraged by what she saw, which would be understandable if it was another era."
Catholicism and LGBTQ+ rights have long clashed in Italy, where the church carries immense influence over national politics.
It has sometimes even intervened to scrap bills that'd advance LGBTQ+ rights completely.
But in recent years, Catholic Church is gradually changing its views on same-sex relationships.