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A frame grab taken from a handout video made available by Vatican Media on January 1, 2020 shows Pope Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of a lady as he greets Catholic faithful prior to celebrating New Year's Eve mass in Vatican City on December 31, 2019. Picture: AFP/Vatican Media.

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Pope says sorry for slapping devotee

The image of Pope Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of the admirer was an instant hit on social media.

  • FILE: Pope Francis at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Picture: AFP

    In New Year message, Pope decries violence against women

    Speaking in a packed St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope also defended women’s rights to migrate in search of a better future for their children and condemned those who only thought about economic growth rather than the well-being of others.

  • Pope Francis leads a Christmas Eve mass in St Peter's Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ on 24 December, 2019, at the Vatican. Picture: AFP

    Pope prays for peace in global flashpoints

    'May Christ bring his light to the many children suffering from war and conflicts in the Middle East and in various countries of the world,' the 83-year-old pontiff said in his traditional Christmas message at the Vatican.

  • FILE: Pope Francis. Picture: @vaticannews/Facebook.com.

    Church is losing influence, pope warns

    New methods were needed to help 'reposition our ways of thinking and our attitudes', the pope warned in his traditional Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, the Vatican's top administrative body.