Pope Francis repeatedly SLAPS woman’s hand after she YANKS him toward her (VIDEO)
The world saw a different side of Pope Francis on New Year’s Eve after the pontiff tore himself free from a woman who had grabbed his hand and pulled him toward her.
A woman seeking the Pope’s blessing on New Year’s Eve instead ended up enraging the pontiff after grabbing his arm to get his attention. A video of the altercation shows Francis walking through Vatican City as he greeted pilgrims. After reaching out to touch a child, a nearby woman seized his hand, jerking the religious leader around – a yank that appeared to cause him pain.
After slapping her hand several times, the Pope freed himself of her grip. The usually serene Francis scowled as he walked away.
According to reports, the Pope later acknowledged that he had “lost patience” with the admiring pilgrim.
Francis has a history of repelling unwanted contact. In March, he was criticized for refusing to allow members of the faithful to kiss his papal ring during a visit to an Italian shrine.
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