Moment Pope Francis, 79, FALLS OVER during Mass in front of a TV audience of millions while visiting Poland’s holiest site
- Pope Francis stumbled at the altar and had to be helped to his feet during Mass at Poland’s Jasna Gora Monastery
- The 79-year-old was n southern city of Czestochowa ahead of trip by tram to meet pilgrims from around the world
- Pontiff fell to the floor close to altar at the monastery, home to an ancient Catholic icon believed to work miracles
- Francis suffers from sciatica, a medical condition in which pain sometimes shoots down leg from the lower back
This is the moment Pope Francis fell over during Mass in front of a television audience of millions while visiting Poland’s holiest site.
The 79-year-old Pontiff stumbled at the altar and had to be helped 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 open air altar and being helped to his feet by Vatican Master of Ceremonies, Guido Marini. He was uninjured and finished the event, which was aired to a television audience of millions.
Francis, walking in his long robe with an incense holder in his hand, did not notice a step down from the platform and fell to the ground before the altar. He braced his fall with his left hand and priests around him rushed to help.
Asked if Francis had suffered any ill effects from the fall, a Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, said ‘the pope is fine.’
Czestochowa Archbishop Waclaw Depo said Francis fell because he had closed his eyes and appeared to miss a step.
‘He is in good condition. He did not even complain
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