Pope snaps at pilgrim who caused him to fall into boy in wheelchair

IMAGE: CNS photo/Mexican Government Televison pool via Reuters

By Junno Arocho Esteves

Mexico (CNS) — Excitement turned potentially dangerous and elicited an angry
snap from Pope Francis at a meeting with young people in Morelia Feb. 16.

As the 79-year-old
pope made his way to greet a boy in a wheelchair, one of the many pilgrims behind
the boy pulled the pope’s arm, causing him to fall over the disabled youth.

personnel immediately helped him up as the pilgrim continued to latch onto him.
Visibly concerned for the young boy in the wheelchair he leaned against, the
pope emphatically scolded the young pilgrim, saying: “Pero que te pasa? No
seas egoista! No seas egoista!” (“What is the matter? Don’t be
selfish! Don’t be selfish!”)

scene, which was witnessed by thousands watching the event, prompted organizers
to plead with pilgrims to show some restraint.

“Please contain yourself,” the announcer said.
“Pope Francis wants to greet us, but if we pile up, it will be difficult
to do so.”

the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said, “It was a very
human, very normal reaction” to a situation that was potentially dangerous and
one that came near the end of a long day.

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