Wednesday 28 September 2016

Pope Francis snaps at 'selfish' crowd on the verge of toppling him on Mexico visit

Published 17/02/2016 | 08:32

Young people photograph Pope Francis as he walks to greet them following a meeting with Mexican youth at Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon Stadium in Morelia, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Young people photograph Pope Francis as he walks to greet them following a meeting with Mexican youth at Jose Maria Morelos y Pavon Stadium in Morelia, Mexico. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Pope Francis is welcomed by two young faithful during his arrival at the Morelos stadium in Morelia, Michoacan State, Mexico. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has shown public signs of irritation for the first time on his trip to Mexico, snapping at over eager crowds.

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After a colourful encounter with young dancers and singers in the western city of Morelia, Francis went over to greet the faithful.

Some people tugged on his sleeve from behind a barrier and appeared to be on the verge of toppling him.

After it happened a second time the Pope had an irritated look on his face and said: "Don't be selfish, don't be selfish."

Francis then took a couple of steps back as appeals came over the public address system asking the crowd not to group together.

The pontiff waved to people for a few more minutes before leaving.

During the visit to Morelia he also urged Mexican priests not to resign themselves to a society dominated by drug-fuelled violence and corruption, but to get out of their comfortable lives and fight the injustices tormenting their flock.

Francis issued the appeal during a mass for Mexico's clergy in the capital of the state of Michoacan, a hotbed of the country's drug trade.

The visit to Morelia was also a symbolic vote of confidence for the city's archbishop, Alberto Suarez Inda.

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