The 79-year-old pope, who hails from Argentina, was quickly helped to his feet by other religious figures. He subsequently took to his seat, continued the Mass and read his homily normally.
Francis suffers from a medical condition called sciatica, in which pain sometimes severely affects his leg and lower back.
Pope Francis is undertaking a five-day visit to Poland and was visiting the country’s holiest shrine in the city of Czestochowa, which is in the south of the country.The shrine is home the Black Madonna, which is a Byzantine icon from sometime between the sixth and ninth centuries. It was brought to Poland around 600 years ago. The icon is painted on wood and covered with silver and jewels.
Robert Mugabe falls down steps in Harare
Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe fell down a staircase on Wednesday as he walked off a podium after addressing supporters at Harare International Airport, an AFP corrrespondent said. Watch.
AFP reported he had just returned from Ethiopia where he took over the rotating chairmanship of the African Union.
The tumble turned into a social media phenomenon as users turned the incident into a series of memes: