Pope Francis has said he fell during an outdoor Mass in Poland because he was ‘watching a Madonna’.
The 79-year-old pontiff fell during a Mass in Czestochowa, Poland, the most popular Catholic shrine.
“I was watching (an image of) the Madonna, and I forgot the step.” he said Sunday aboard a plane back to Rome after celebrating World Youth Day, New York Post reported.
The pontiff said that he tripped while sprinkling incense around the altar at the Jasna Gora monastery.
“I let myself fall and this saved me. Because if I tried to resist it, I would have gotten hurt.” Pope Francis explained.
Pope Francis visited the monastery during his five-day pilgrimage in southern Poland.