Cartagena, Colombia. September 11th: Pope Francis suffered bruises on his face when he stumbled into a bar on the popemobile as it lurched through a crowd while visiting the old sector of Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday, September 10. The Pope was cut over his left by eye an accidental hit against the popemobile’s window glass and he sported a very visible bruise under it, but was not seriously hurt and continued with his scheduled appearances.
The 80-year-old Catholic Pontiff (#PopeFrancis) appeared to be leaning outside a glass panel in front of him when the vehicle stopped and his face made contact with the barrier.
The Vatican said he received ice treatment and was fine to continue on his trip. A few drops of blood were seen on his white cassock and the area around his left eye looked bruised and swollen.
Video images showed the pope hitting the left side of his face against a vertical bar of the popemobile, a specially designed open-top vehicle that allows the pontiff to stand and greet the faithful as his motorcade advances.
“I was punched. I’m fine,” the pope joked, explaining his battered appearance, as he left a house in the poor neighborhood of San Francisco on the last day of his trip to Colombia.
Photo: Pope Francis suffered bruises on his face when he stumbled into a bar on the popemobile as it lurched through a crowd
He later was seen with a small bandage over his left eyebrow.
“The pope is fine. He injured his left cheekbone and eyelid,” spokesman Greg Burke said.
Pope Francis has been visiting Colombia since Wednesday, making stops in the cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cartagena. He left Colombia also on Sunday after appealing to the country to “untie the knots of violence” following a 50-year civil war.