POPE FRANCIS fell over during Mass in front of a television audience of millions while he was visiting Poland’s holiest site. The 79-year-old stumbled at the altar and had to be helped back to his feet as he celebrated a Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery, in the southern city of Czestochowa. Pictures show him tumbling to the floor next to steps leading to the altar and being lifted by Vatican Master of Ceremonies, Guido Marini. Pope Francis who suffers from sciatica, was uninjured by the fall as it was broadcast to millions of viewers keen to watch the event.
The head of the Catholic Church was at the monastery, home to an ancient Catholic icon believed to work miracles, celebrating the 1,050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland. Despite the fall, the 79-year-old continued with the ceremony. Pope Francis arrived in Poland on Wednesday and will be in the country touring various religious and cultural locations until Sunday.
He arrived in the country amid the horror attack on a French Catholic priest by ISIS affiliated terrorists. Speaking about the attack yesterday, he said this and a string of other attacks carried out by extremists are proof the “world is at war”. The 79-year-old said: “The word that is being repeated often is insecurity, but the real word is war…Read more