THE VATICAN (The Adobo Chronicles, Rome Bureau) – We’ve all heard about the idiom, ‘slap on the wrist.’ Now we’ve seen a holy version of it.
On New Year’s eve, as Pope Francis was greeting pilgrims who have gathered in The Vatican, a woman grabbed the hand of the Holy Father and pulled him towards her. Visibly irked, the Pope slapped the woman’s hand as he pulled away from her.
Catholics and others were shocked at the scene caught on video, but the unidentified woman felt blessed.
We caught up with the woman as she was leaving The Vatican and we asked her for her reaction to the incident.
”It is an experience of a lifetime. I feel so blessed having touched the Pope’s hand. Others may have seen the Holy Father’s reaction as a ‘slap on my hand,’ but I consider it a ‘holy slap on my hand.’ Still a slap but a holy one. After all, we’ve all read in the Bible that even Jesus publicly expressed his human anger when he drove away merchants who were selling their wares inside the Temple.”