Viral video of Pope Francis pulling hand away from Catholics gets mixed reaction

Footage of Pope Francis pulling his hand away from being kissed by a long line of people has gone viral, with conservative critics condemning what they said was Francis’s “graceless disrespect for the tradition”.

In the video clip filmed on Monday in a church in Loreto, in the Marche region, Francis is seen retracting his right hand as Catholics attempt to kiss his ring. Three days later, the Vatican spokesman said that Francis was worried about spreading germs.

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