Pope Francis grew angry and even hit a woman’s hand for dragging his arm while greeting pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square on New Year’s Eve.
In video of the incident, Francis walks down a line of admirers separated by fencing, clasping their hands, waving and smiling with the basilica and the Vatican obelisk in the background.
Just as the pope appears to turn to walk away from the crowd, a woman reaches out, grabs his hand and then jerks him forcefully toward her.
Francis immediately recoils and swats at her hand to free himself as the pope’s security detail also moves to intervene.
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 31, 2019