Saturday 18 November 2017

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

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.

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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