Pope Francis departed of prepared statements during a New Year’s Day homily Wednesday to apologize for the event on New Year’s Eve where he had hit the hand of a lady who pulled his arm as he was approaching people on the route to the Vatican Nativity scene.
“So many times we lose our patience. Me, too,” the pope said.
“And I apologize for yesterday’s bad example.”
Pope Francis was visibly irritated after cutting free of the unknown woman’s grip, behind smiling while embracing the people before he reached her.
The pope’s New Year’s Day letter at the Vatican included a condemnation of violence against women, from rape including forced prostitution to verbal abuse.
‘We can appreciate our degree of humanity by how we treat a woman’s body,’ the pope said.