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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Video: Watch As Pope Yanks Hand From Faithful!
Pope Francis repeatedly pulled his hand away when worshippers attempted to kiss his papal ring at the Holy House of Loreto in Italy on Monday. Kissing the papal ring is traditionally seen as a sign of respect for the office. A close aide to the pope later said: 'Sometimes he likes it, sometimes he does not.' But papal observers and theologians said the pope's actions were cause for concern.
This behavior by the Pope (contrary to respect and tradition, and wildly inconsistent) can only be describes as "bizarre" -- and that would be an understatement. Even for this Pope, the behavior is very peculiar and troubling.