Pope Francis has shown public signs of irritation for the first time on his trip to Mexico, snapping at over eager crowds.
After a colourful encounter with young dancers and singers in the western city of Morelia, Francis went over to greet the faithful.
Some people tugged on his sleeve from behind a barrier and appeared to be on the verge of toppling him.
Pope Francis, who is usually calm and accommodating with his admirers, clearly lost his temper with a person who pulled on him so hard that he fell onto a child in a wheelchair.
The Pope had an irritated look on his face and said: “Don’t be selfish, don’t be selfish.”
Francis then took a couple of steps back as appeals came over the public address system asking the crowd not to group together. The pontiff waved for a few more minutes before leaving.
During the visit to Morelia he also urged Mexican priests not to resign themselves to a society dominated by drug-fuelled violence and corruption, but to get out of their comfortable lives and fight the injustices tormenting their flock.
Francis issued the appeal during a Mass for Mexico’s clergy in the capital of the state of Michoacan, a hotbed of the country’s drug trade.
Pope Francis begged young people to shun the lure of easy money and big cars offered by drug traffickers in Mexico’s gang-infested heartland.
“Jesus would never ask us to be hitmen,” the Pope said. “He would never send us out to death.
“It is a lie to believe that the only way to live, or to be young, is to entrust oneself to drug dealers or others who do nothing but sow destruction and death,” he told young people at a stadium rally in Morelia.
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