Pope Francis apologises and admits he ‘lost patience’ after slapping a female worshipper

Pope Francis confessed he had ‘lost patience’ with an exuberant admirer who had grabbed his hand on Saint Peter’s Square, prompting a swift pair of slaps. 

The Pope apologised Wednesday for his widely-viewed slap of a woman who had forcefully grabbed his hand as he greeted Catholic faithfuls on New Year’s Eve.

The footage of Francis slapping his way free from the clutches of the admirer was an instant hit on social media. A personal apology from the Pope later followed.

‘We lose patience many times,’ Francis confessed.

‘It happens to me too. I apologise for the bad example given yesterday,’ the head of the Catholic church said before celebrating Mass at the Vatican.