Pope Francis regrets for slapping a devotee on her hand
Pope Francis, president of the Catholic Church, apologized on Wednesday after shaking a woman’s hand after catching him in a sea of devotees gathering on New Year’s Eve at Saint Peter’s Square in the Vatican.
Even as the Pope left in front of the square after welcoming the crowd, a woman pulled her hand and refused to let go. Scared by the whole story, the Pope slapped her hand in an effort to force-free.
He eventually apologized for his poor behaviour.
“At occasions, we lose touch,” the Pope said in his address before attending the Vatican Mass. “It also relates to me. I apologize for yesterday’s terrible example,” he said.
Immediately after the incident, the Pope delivered a speech condemning all forms of violence against people.
In his expression, Francis also said women were “continuously insulted, beaten, raped, forced into prostitution and suppression of the life they bear in the womb” and “sacrificed on the profane altars of advertising, profiteering, pornography.”