Watch: Pope Francis stumbles and falls in Poland, escapes injury718 views
Francis appeared to be fine as he delivered a homily and said mass at the revered Jasna Gora monastery.
Pope Francis on Thursday fell after stumbling down a step on an altar during a visit to Poland but quickly got back to his feet, seemingly without injury.
Polish media broadcast images of the 79-year-old Argentine pontiff stumbling, then falling down out of view before being helped to his feet by altar servers.
Francis appeared to be fine as he delivered a homily and said mass at the revered Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, southern Poland.
It is home to the legendary Black Madonna, an icon which Catholic faithful believe has miraculous qualities.
Security was tight at the hill-top shrine following a series of attacks in Europe, with a highly visible police and army presence on the roads leading into the city.
Francis, 79, hopped in an open-topped pope mobile for a tour through the cheering crowds.
“We slept so little, but it’s worth it, what an atmosphere!” said pilgrim Kate Tor, whose young sons were among the thousands of children who had camped out on the sweeping avenue leading to the monastery.
Teenagers still wrapped in sleeping bags, elderly couples perched on folding chairs outside tents and families with Francis-themed balloons were serenaded by the Argentine pope’s favourite tango music before his arrival.
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