Vatican City, Jan 1, 2020 / 06:00 am
Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for losing his patience with a woman who grabbed his arm in St. Peter's Square on New Year's Eve.
"Many times we lose our patience; me too. I apologize for yesterday's bad example," Pope Francis said in a departure from his prepared remarks for the Angelus prayer Jan. 1.
While greeting the crowd in front of the Vatican nativity scene Dec. 31, a woman yanked the pope's arm. Visibly upset, Pope Francis slapped her hand and walked away frustrated.
After his impromptu apology, the pope said that contemplating the nativity scene helps one to see with the eyes of faith a vision of "the renewed world, freed from the dominion of evil and placed under the royal lordship of Christ, the Child who lies in the manger."