By Angela Giuffrida
Pope Francis has apologized after slapping a woman’s hand as he greeted pilgrims at the Vatican on New Year’s Eve.
Francis lost his cool when the woman abruptly grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her just after he reached out to greet a child during a visit to the Vatican’s nativity scene on Tuesday night.
The woman would not let go and in a gesture that appeared to cause him pain, he slapped at her hand before pulling his hand free.
During his Angelus address to a packed St Peter’s Square on New Year’s Day, the pontiff referred to his actions. “I apologize for the bad example yesterday … sometimes even I lose patience,” he said.
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