Pope Francis Falls In Poland, Escapes Injury


Pope Francis falls in Poland, escapes injury

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th july, 2016) - Pope Francis fell Thursday after stumbling down a step on an altar during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, seemingly without injury. The 79-year-old Argentine pontiff stumbled, then fell down out of view before being helped to his feet by altar servers.

Francis appeared to be fine as he delivered a homily and said mass at the revered Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, southern Poland.

It is home to the legendary Black Madonna, an icon which Catholic faithful believe has miraculous qualities. Security was tight at the hill-top shrine following a series of attacks in Europe, with a highly visible police and army presence on the roads leading into the city. Francis, 79, hopped in an open-topped pope mobile for a tour through the cheering crowds.