It was aired repeatedly on several news channels. Breaking news: Pope Francis slaps the hand of a woman!
The clips showed the Holy Father walking along the road and the visitors behind the barriers at St Peter’s Square waving and trying to touch him. He touched those he could, when this over-enthusiastic female, not wanting to be ignored, held on to his hand tightly, almost desperately, tugging him towards her.
Pope Francis became visibly upset, stumbled, tried to pull his hand away and eventually had to slap the hand holding him for her to let go. It went viral; some posts were in condemnation, others in support of his action.