Pope Francis Reveals His Angry Side (Video)

| by Sheena Vasani
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Video (below) revealing Pope Francis’ angry side captured international attention on Feb. 16.

The pope showed signs of irritation after somebody grabbed at his robe at an open-air Mass in a Mexican stadium, the Daily Mail reports.

The move caused him to fall on top of a man in a wheelchair, angering the pontiff.

Although Pope Francis kissed the head of the man he toppled on, he yelled at the other man, "Don't be selfish, don't be selfish.”

"It was a normal human reaction" to certain admirers' "excessive enthusiasm," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi explained.

In the the past, the pope has confided he does get angry every now and then, but that his tempers usually do not last for long.

“We can get angry: it’s even healthy to get angry from time to time,” he once even said of the emotion, reports the Ottawa Times.

Some admire his approach to anger, explaining it makes him seem more relatable and down-to-earth.

“He seems to understand the struggles, both small and large, that we face. You sense that he is a holy, sincere and approachable man who is able to relate to everyday life. People make mistakes, get upset, and it is refreshing to hear from a leader who understands that,” writes Karen Roth.

Pope Francis is famous for this approachable nature.

“We need saints without cassocks, without veils -- we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes,” he once said, quotes Goodreads. “We need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.”

During his visit to Mexico, the pope encouraged young people to avoid the temptation of easy money through helping drug dealers.

“You are continually exposed to the loss of friends or relatives at the hands of the drug trade, of drugs themselves, of criminal organizations that sow terror,” he said empathetically to a Michoacan crowd, an area known for drug wars that have killed thousands. 

But, he said, “You are the wealth of Mexico,” urging the youth to use their time and talents to add value in their community.

The pontiff will end his five-day tour of Mexico on Feb. 17 and proceed to the Mexican-Texas border, a controversial area given remarks made about immigration during the 2016 presidential race.

Sources: Daily Mail, Ottawa Times, Goodreads / Photo credit: Jared Polin/Flickr

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