Opinion| Syndicated Via National File| KARI DONOVAN |A frustrated Pope swats the hand of a woman on New Years Eve
n a longer video, some were curious as to why the Pope seems jovial, concerned and empathetic with some people and then upset at the dark-haired woman.
It is noteworthy that the Pope’s security detail do not seem alarmed for his safety. They continue to stand calmly and watch the interaction until the end of the video, when after the Pope has pulled away, one man grasps the woman’s hands and holds her hands down.
This evening after visiting the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis loses his cool after being grabbed by a pilgrim who wouldn't let go of his hand. The Pope repeated slapped her hand and told her to let go of him. pic.twitter.com/6Qrgh8aZKz
— Catholic Sat (@CatholicSat) December 31, 2019
Some translators on social media reported that the Pope was demanding the woman let go of him, in a very intolerant fashion.
Monday, the Pope seemed in good spirits and encouraged loving exchanges. “In its genuine simplicity, the nativity scene reminds us it is not the quantity of things that counts in life, but the quality of relationships,” he posted.
In its genuine simplicity, the nativity scene reminds us it is not the quantity of things that counts in life, but the quality of relationships. Drawing our gaze to God, who is poor in possessions and rich in love, it recalls us to what is essential. #Nativityscene
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) December 30, 2019
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