Pope Francis says sorry after slapping woman's hand: I lost patience
Pope Francis has apologized for hitting the hand of a well-wisher who grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her.
In his new year's wishes to the public in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City on Wednesday, Francis confessed to losing his patience with the woman while he was strolling in the square on Tuesday night to admire the Vatican's Nativity scene.
Cameras captured the scene when the woman, from behind a barrier, reached out and grabbed the Pope's hand, pulling him violently toward her. Francis reacted sharply, exclaimed something and then slapped her hand so she would let him go. Frowning in anger, he turned and strode away.
This Pope will now champion the rights of all to bodily autonomy. Right?
— Theo (@seizethemeanies) January 2, 2020
He's a human after all. If somebody pulls you that way, you may or may not do the same thing.— Akash Dwivedi (@Dernier_Ciel) January 2, 2020
The lady too is at fault. #Pope
#Pope or not, he's a human being! Not justifying him but if someone yanked me by the hand like that, I'd probably snap too! The man is old, probably tired and overwhelmed ♀️— Rosymar Ramirez (@Rosymar74) January 2, 2020