Pope Francis apologized for his “bad example” after freeing himself from the grip of a woman who yanked his arm on New Years Eve in Saint Peter’s Square.

While greeting the Faithful in Saint Peter’s Square in front of the Vatican’s Nativity Scene on New Years’ Eve, Pope Francis had his right arm grabbed and yanked by a woman. Visibly upset, he swatted her hand away to free himself from her grip and walked away frustrated.

During his Wednesday Angelus address the following day, Pope Francis spoke on Christs’s salvation, calling it a “patient” salvation.

“Jesus did not remove evil from the world but He defeated it at its root. His salvation isn’t magical, but it is a “patient” salvation, that is, it entails the patience of love, which takes charge of iniquity and takes away its power.”

Segueing from his prepared remarks, he apologized for his losing his own patience the previous night in off-the-cuff comments.

“The patience of love: love makes us patient. We lose patience so often; I do too, and I apologize for yesterday’s bad example.”

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  1. I wouldn’t of only slapped her hand twice ,I would have pulled her over the fancing and then slapped her more. The nerve of that women to pull him like she did , just think if anyone did that to you it would have been a lot more then a slap.

  2. Matthew 5 :38-40

    [38] You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. … [39] But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other: …


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