Pope Francis Falls Down During Mass in Poland – Then Keeps Right on Going

"He did not even complain at all," a Polish archbishop reportedly said of Pope Francis after the tumble


Pope Francis might be the Jennifer Lawrence of the Catholic Church.

The famously humble Pontiff, 79, caused concern Thursday when he tripped and fell after apparently missing a step while leading a celebratory Mass in Czestochowa in honor of Poland’s 1,050th anniversary of becoming a Catholic country.

Pope Francis, who has only one lung and is known to suffer from sciatica, was helped back up by several priests and finished the Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery, considered to be the country’s holiest site, without further interruption.

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Afterwards, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke told the Associated Press that “the pope is fine” following the fall.

Czestochowa Archbishop Waclaw Depo said Francis fell because he had closed his eyes and appeared to miss a step, reports ABC News. The Argentine native was carrying an incense holder at the time of the fall.

“He is in good condition. He did not even complain at all. He never said a word,” Depo reportedly said. “Also, the homily showed that the pope has strength and this strength he gets from the people.”

Shortly after the stumble, although possibly unrelated to the incident, the official papal Twitter account reaffirmed the old saying that God works in mysterious ways, writing, “The Lord is amongst us and takes care of us, without deciding for us.”

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The pope arrived in Poland earlier this week to help celebrate World Youth Day in Krakow.

According to The New York Times, on the plane from Rome to Krakow, he told reporters, “The world is at war. We don’t need to be afraid to say this.”

And despite recent religiously motivated attacks, including the murder of a French priest earlier this week, Pope Francis clarified that it is not a religious war we should be afraid of.

“I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don’t want war. The others want war,” he said, adding that the current war is one “of interests,” in pursuit of money, resources and the “domination of peoples.”

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