How is your 2020 going so far? On the bright side, you’re probably having a better New Year than the Pope. The 82-year-old head of the Catholic Church was caught on video smacking a woman, and the internet was quick to give their opinion on the situation.
On Wednesday, Pope Francis was walking through St. Peter’s Square by a nearby nativity scene display in Vatican City and shaking hands with people in the crowd. One woman got a bit too handsy after the Pope passed her over. The religious believer grabbed onto the Pope’s hand and yanked the Vicar of Christ towards her. The Holy Father was visibly angry by the greeting, and the pissed-off pontiff slapped the woman’s hand to free himself from her grip.
Imagine getting smacked by the Pope? THE POPE.
Hours after the incident, Pope Francis said he was sorry. “I apologize for the poor example yesterday,” Pope Francis said. “So many times we lose patience. Me, too,” he continued. “I say ‘excuse me’ for the bad example.”
The topic of the Pope’s New Year message was about violence against 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,” Pope Francis told worshipers at St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday. “Every form of violence inflicted upon a woman is a blasphemy against God, who was born of a woman.”
Not everyone accepted the Pope’s apology, and the internet reacted with tweets condemning the papal leader.
There were some people who defended Pope Francis.
This is probably the correct reaction to the Pope hitting the woman.
Then there were the jokes.
2020 is already off to a wild start.