Pope Francis Loses His Cool: Pontiff Is Filmed Shouting At Mexico Crowd For Tugging Him And Making Him Fall Onto A Disabled Man

He recovered and took a few steps back, but he made the audience members aware of his irritation

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  • The Pontiff was greeting fans at a stadium in the western city of Morella 
  • At one point along the barrier, members of the crowd pulled on his arms 
  • It caused him to topple onto a wheelchair-man in front of him 
  • Pope Francis recovered and kissed the man, but made his irritation known 
  • He yelled: 'No seas egoísta. Qué te pasó, no seas egoísta', which translates to 'Don't be selfish, don't be selfish'

The Pope has shown a rare sign of anger during his trip to Mexico after an eager crowd tugged his arms and caused him to topple over.

Francis was at a stadium in the western city of Morella on Tuesday greeting fans at an open air mass for young people. 

However, when one eager person pulled at his robe, it caused him to crash down into a wheelchair-bound man.

And although the Pontiff recovered and kissed the man on the head, he did not hide his irritation.

Pope Francis smiled as he greeted a crowd during a visit to a stadium in the city of Morella, western Mexico, on Tuesday. The area is a focal point for cartels in the country

However, some eager members of the crowd tugged on his arm and caused him to topple onto a disabled man standing in front of the barriers

The head of the Catholic Church yelled: 'No seas egoísta. Qué te pasó, no seas egoísta', which translates to 'Don't be selfish, don't be selfish.'

Francis took a couple of steps back as appeals came over the public address system asking the crowd not to clump together.

The pontiff continued to wave to people a few minutes more before leaving again.

During the trip, Pope Francis has urged Mexico's young people to resist the lure of easy money from drug dealers and to instead build up their communities by valuing themselves as the wealth of the country.

He yelled: 'No seas egoísta. Qué te pasó, no seas egoísta', which translates into English as 'Don't be selfish, don't be selfish'

Francis sought to offer a message of hope and encouragement to the next generation during a youth pep rally Tuesday in the state of Michoacan, which is a hotspot in Mexico's drug trade.

The Pontiff said he understood it was difficult to feel one's worth when, in his words, '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.'

But, he insisted, 'You are the wealth of Mexico.' 

The Pope waves to the young faithful gathered at the stadium in Morelia, where he held a rally for young people

Pope Francis embraces two young women during a meeting with thousands of young people from all over Mexico at a stadium in Morelia 

He also met with a group of indigenous children and was seen shaking their hands and blessing them

The Pontiff tried on yet another hat while greeting the thousands of youths that had turned out for the rally 

Two young girls go to embrace the Pope during his penultimate day of engagements during his visit to Mexico 

He arrived at the stadium full of cheering Mexican priests, nuns and seminarians for a Mass in the heart of Mexico's drug-trafficking country.

It is home to the incredibly violent Knights Templar cartel.

Speaking to the assembled clerics, he said: 'Faced with this reality, the devil can overcome us with one of his favorite weapons: resignation... A resignation which paralyses us and prevents us not only from walking, but also from making the journey.' 

On the penultimate day of his pilgrimage he cruised through town on a (five-mile) nine-kilometer drive in his popemobile. 

Thousands of people along the motorcade route waved Vatican flags and cheered wildly as he passed by. 

The visit to Morelia is also tangible sign of Francis' respect for the city's archbishop, Alberto Suarez Inda, whom Francis made a cardinal last year. 

On the penultimate day of his pilgrimageto Mexico he cruised through town on a (five-mile) nine-kilometer drive in his popemobile. One of the main aims of his trip was to urge young Mexicans not to be tempted to sell drugs or join gangs, but to help make their communities stronger instead

Earlier in the day, Francis celebrated mass with priests and nuns at another stadium in the Mexican city of Morelia 

Nuns clapped and cheered as they awaited the arrival of the Pontiff with one holding up a photograph of him 

The mass for the priests and nuns took place in the heart of Mexico's drug-trafficking country. His five-day trip to Mexico comes to a close on Wednesday 

In a country where the church hierarchy is closely tied to political and financial elite, Suarez Inda has echoed the pope's admonition that 'pastors should not be bureaucrats and we bishops should not have the mentality or attitude of princes.' 

Michoacan has endured some of the most gruesome episodes of Mexico's drug war, which has left 100,000 people dead or missing in the past decade. 

Francis has used his five-day cross-country trip, which ends Wednesday, to press Mexican leaders to provide 'effective security' to their citizens.

On Wednesday he will wrap up his trip with some of his most anticipated events: a visit in a Ciudad Juarez prison just days after a riot in another lockup killed 49 inmates and a stop at the Texas border when immigration is a hot issue for the U.S. presidential campaign.

He also scheduled a meeting with Mexican workers, grassroots groups and employers in an encounter at which he was likely to repeat his mantra on the need for dignified work for all and 'land, labor and lodging.'

 

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