It just shows to say that Pope Francis is like any one of us is also human.
Being the most powerful man in the world, he showed some humanely act during a New Year’s Eve procession.
Pope Francis was happily walking by and greeting children and some pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. The Pope was on his way to the Nativity scene at the center.
He was already going away from the crowd when a woman grabbed his hand and yanked him towards her. He became upset and began spalling the side of the woman to free his hand from the grip.
He then shouted at the woman.
Before that incident, the woman made a sign of the cross. She addressed something to the Pope, but it still is not clear what she wanted to tell him.
On January 1, the Pope apologized for what had happened. He apologized for losing his patience with the woman before he made his New Year’s address and denounced violence against women.
The Pope started, “Love makes us patient. So many times, we lose patience, even me, and I apologize for yesterday’s bad example,” he continued, “Women are sources of life. Yet they are continually insulted, beaten, raped, forced to prostitute themselves and to suppress the growth they bear in the womb.
Every form of violence inflicted upon a woman is a blasphemy against God, who was born of a woman.”
He also said that “many times women’s bodies are sacrificed on the profane altar of advertisements, of profit, of pornography,” and talked about how women are” continually offended, beaten, raped, forced into prostitution” and forced to have abortions.
He also talked about leadership roles “If we want a better world, that is a house of peace and not a courtyard of war, may the dignity of every woman be at the heart of it. Women are givers and mediators of peace, and should be fully associated with decision-making processes.”
Women cannot be priests in the Catholic Church. The Pope didn’t mention anything as to how these roles for women might be increased in the church in the future.
His address was about gender equality “should be fully included in decision-making processes.” He added, “Every step forward for women, is a step forward for humanity as a whole.”
There were many comments regarding what happened. Others firmly believe that the Pope just showed a human response to a pain suffered as to what that lady wanted to show, a demanding gesture.
Other viewers said that she nearly pulled the Pope’s arm, so it was just his natural response. A commenter also said, “You have nothing to lose except your pride when you apologize even if it’s not your fault”.
Another comment was, “To be fair, I don’t believe the woman meant any harm. I think she was just enthusiastic and very excited to meet the Pope. She just let her excitement get out of hand and misbehaved for the situation”.
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