Pope Francis apologised today for his widely-viewed slap of woman who grabbed his hand on New Year’s Eve.
In a speech to Vatican Wednesday he addressed violence against woman, saying that it is like profaning God
The 83-year-old pope was greeting the faithful in St Peter’s Square yesterday when a woman yanked his arm.
Francis had just led a prayer service to give thanks for the previous year and was visiting the Nativity scene
Shouts of ‘Pope! Pope!’ and ‘Happy New Year!’ resounded as families rushed to catch a glimpse of him or thrust out their infants in hopes he would pat their heads or pinch their cheeks
Pope Francis confessed he had lost patience with an exuberant admirer who had grabbed his hand on St Peters Square, prompting a swift pair of slaps.
The Pope apologised Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had forcefully grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithfuls on New Year’s Eve.
The footage of Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of the admirer was an instant hit on social media. A personal apology from the Pope later followed.
“We lose patience many times,’ Francis confessed.
‘It happens to me too. I apologise for the bad example given yesterday,’ the head of the Catholic church said before celebrating Mass at the Vatican.
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