Pope Francis Apologizes for Slapping Woman’s Hand After She Grabbed his Hand

Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for smacking the hand of a woman who yanked him toward her as he greeted a crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

Video from the New Year’s Eve incident showed Francis, 83, smiling and clasping hands with people behind a barrier as he made his way toward the Vatican’s Nativity scene. A woman crosses herself as the pope approaches her, and when he begins to turn away, she grabs his hand and pulls him sharply toward her.

Francis shouts something, swats her hand to break free and turns away frowning as his security moves to intervene. The woman has not been identified, and it’s unclear what she said to Francis in the video.

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SOURCE: USA Today, N’dea Yancey-Bragg

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