Pope ticks off fan after losing his balance

A video grab showing Pope Francis reacting after a member of the crowd pulled him forward by the hand, causing him to fall on top of a wheelchair user during his visit in Morelia on Feb 16, 2016. The Vatican defended Pope Francis's "human reaction" a
A video grab showing Pope Francis reacting after a member of the crowd pulled him forward by the hand, causing him to fall on top of a wheelchair user during his visit in Morelia on Feb 16, 2016. The Vatican defended Pope Francis's "human reaction" after he briefly lost his temper when an over-enthusiastic admirer in Mexico tugged him over on top of a child in a wheelchair.PHOTO: AFP
Pope Francis, who is usually calm and accommodating with his admirers, clearly lost his temper with a person who pulled on him so hard that he fell onto a child in a wheelchair. The pontiff was greeting children in a stadium in Mexico, where he was w
PHOTO: YOUTUBE
Pope Francis, who is usually calm and accommodating with his admirers, clearly lost his temper with a person who pulled on him so hard that he fell onto a child in a wheelchair. The pontiff was greeting children in a stadium in Mexico, where he was w
PHOTO: YOUTUBE

Pope Francis, who is usually calm and accommodating with his admirers, clearly lost his temper with a person who pulled on him so hard that he fell onto a child in a wheelchair.

The pontiff was greeting children in a stadium in Mexico, where he was wrapping up a trip. An over-enthusiastic well-wisher grabbed the Pope's hand and would not let go, even after he lost his balance and his chest was pressing on the child's head.     

Aides stopped the 79-year-old from falling to the ground. After he returned to an upright position, his face turned angry.

He looked at the offending fan, raised his voice and said twice in Spanish: "Don't be selfish!"

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 18, 2016, with the headline 'Pope ticks off fan after losing his balance'. Print Edition | Subscribe