Pope Francis Hits Head in Popemobile in Colombia; Bleeds Onto Cassock (VIDEO)
Pope Francis hit his head inside the popemobile during a tour of Cartagena, Colombia on Sunday. The incident left the Pope dripping blood onto his cassock, along with a bruised cheek.
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ABC News reports:
Francis apparently knocked his head as he was travelling in the popemobile upon arriving in the city of Cartagena for the last day of his Colombia trip.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke says: “The pope is fine” but has “a bruise on his cheekbone and eyebrow.”
Burke says the pope hit himself on the popemobile and is receiving ice treatment.
The pope continued greeting thousands of people along the streets of Cartagena’s San Francisco neighborhood, without any problems.
Pope Francis is wrapping up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to thousands of African slaves who passed through the port of Cartagena during Spanish colonial times.
The incident comes amid a rocky summer for the Vatican. Recently Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI issued shock criticism of his successor Pope Francis, warning the Catholic Church is a boat “on the verge of capsizing.”
According to Lifesite:
Pope Benedict XVI sent a sobering message at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner today, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal’s ability to “live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”
The Church “stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination,” Pope Benedict said in a message read by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, his personal secretary and head of the papal household. Because of this “pressing need,” Meisner “found it difficult to leave his post.”
“What moved me all the more was that, in this last period of his life, he learned to let go and to live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing,” the pope emeritus concluded.