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Pope Francis Issues Apology for Slapping Woman's Hand Away During NYE Meet-and-Greet

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Pope Francis made news around the world as 2020 began, but not perhaps in the way he might have wanted.

And after widespread backlash, the pontiff has now apologized.

On New Year’s Eve, the pope was walking around a giant nativity scene at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, shaking hands and imparting blessings to those who had come to the Vatican.

Then came an unplanned bit of byplay that was recorded on video and which went viral on social media.

One woman who had been straining against the barrier designed to keep pilgrims back from the pope reached out her hands as far as she could and grabbed hold of Pope Francis’s right hand.



Not content with just touching the pope, she began to pull on his arm and reel him in as she spoke to him.

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The woman had no inclination to release the papal hand, which brought about a sharp reaction from the pope, who some accounts said appeared to be in pain from the woman’s grip.

Whether from pain or irritation, the 83-year-old pope brought up his left hand and gave the woman’s hand a good slap, forcing her to release his right hand.

The pope, then clearly grumpy over the incident, turned away from the visitors and stalked away.

The incident provoked commentary on Twitter:

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On New Year’s Day, Pope Francis brought up the incident while speaking to a throng gathered in St. Peter’s Square, according to Fox News.

Was the pope wrong to react to the woman in this manner?

“So many times we lose patience. Me, too,” he said, departing from his prepared script.

“I say ‘excuse me’ for the bad example.”

Much of the pope’s New Year’s message focused on women.

“Women are sources of life. Yet they are continually insulted, beaten, raped, forced to prostitute themselves and to suppress the life they bear in the womb,” he said.

“Every form of violence inflicted upon a woman is a blasphemy against God, who was born of a woman,” the pope added, as CNN reported.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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