Transcript for New year’s apology from Pope Francis
Now, to the new year's day apology from pope Francis, caught on camera slapping the hand of a pilgrim who pulled him offbalance during a new year's eve appearance. Today, the pontiff saying he's sorry. Here's ABC's Adrienne pan kert. Reporter: Tonight, pope Francis apologizing hours after slapping a woman's hand to free himself from her grip. This video seen by millions. The pontiff greeting the faithful after a prayer service in St. Peter's square on new year's eve, smiling and shaking hands. Suddenly, a woman grabs the 83-year-old and yanks him towards her. Visibly stunned, he slaps her hand away. Today, the pope admitted, "At times we lose our patience. Me too, and I apologize for the bad example I gave yesterday." Earlier, at the first mass of the new year, the pontiff told worshipers, "Women are sources of life." And "Every form of violence inflicted upon a woman is a blasphemy against god." Pope Francis is known for being very approachable and greets and shakes the hands of hundreds of people during papal visits. Some are questioning why the pope's security team didn't step in to assist. Whit? Adrienne, thank you. Now to the growing mystery
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