A scene captured on video at the Vatican’s nativity on Tuesday night shows Pope Francis slap repeatedly, the hand of a pilgrim who grabbed his hand as he navigated his way from greeting a child among the pilgrims.
The 83-year-old was visibly annoyed after the woman grabbed his hand. The identity of the woman is not known.
The video has been a source of ridiculous comments on various social media outlets.
In a quick reaction to the incident, the Pope seized the opportunity to apologize in his New Year address.
“I apologize for the bad example yesterday… sometimes even I lose patience.” Francis said as he delivers his Angelus address at St Peter’s Square on New Year’s Day.
A similar message from him came on his Wednesday morning address where he condemned all forms of violence against women.
Pope Francis apologized for slapping a woman's arm when she pulled him toward her after grabbing his hand. He said he lost his patience and set a 'bad example' https://t.co/2iuOnEW1AB pic.twitter.com/8ib2yPsGic
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According to Pope Francis, “By how we treat a woman’s body, we can understand our level of humanity.”
This is not the first time that the Pope has being caught in such scenes. He earlier, pulled off his hands to avoid his ring being kissed, a popular tradition among the Vatican.