The Vatican papal, Pope Francis 1 was involved in a minor accident that has left him with struggling with bruises on his left eye. The pontiff suffered the black eye during a ride on his popemobile in Cartagena, Colombia, on the last day of his visit to the South American enclave.
Reports say the 80-year-old pope hit his head against the Popemobile when vehicle halted abruptly forcing him to lose balance yesterday, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
The resultant blow was a black eye and a cut with blood dripping onto his white cassock.
However the cut was swiftly doused with ice and bandaged up.
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said that “The pope is fine” but has “a bruise on his cheekbone and eyebrow.”
The drama notwithstanding, the papal was later met by hundreds of well-wishers when he went to pray at the tomb of St. Peter Claver, the 17th century missionary who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who were brought to be sold through Cartagena’s port during Spanish colonial times.
‘Be slaves of peace forever,’ he said in an appeal at the end of Mass in Cartagena’s port.
His call was a final appeal to the people of Colombians to overcome divisions that still linger in the country following a peace deal compromise between the government and the leftist rebels hoping to end Latin America’s longest-running armed rebellion last year.