"Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter's Square" by Edgar Jiménez / CC BY-SA 2.0

Pope Francis apologizes after slapping woman’s hand

Jan 2, 2020

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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One comment on “Pope Francis apologizes after slapping woman’s hand”

  • I don’t like the Catholic church as an institution,  I have argued that his comments about Gays “It’s not for me to judge” was over rated as pro-gay it was IMO really God will condemn them.  So not a fan, but really some strange woman yanks my hand and this reaction is human and on the spectrum of normal.  I’d likely do the same.  He is also someone as Pope who has significant security threats he is not going feel completely safe out there.

    The only real criticism would be that the church elevates these guys to such a position that people will respond irrationally and be pawing at you because they believe you’re one down from Jesus.


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