Pope Francis took a tumble as he arrived to celebrate Mass in Poland on Thursday, but was back on his feet quickly to continue the service.
The 79-year-old pontiff was walking toward an altar at the southern Black Madonna shrine of Częstochowa to mark the 1,050th anniversary of the Baptism of Poland when he stumbled, the Mirror of the UK reported.
A group of altar servers rushed to help Francis, who appeared uninjured.
The pope, who arrived in Poland on Wednesday, will remain in the country until Sunday to visit religious and cultural sites.
On Wednesday, he reacted to the execution of an 85-year-old priest in France at the hands of an ISIS jihadist by saying the world is at war.
“Let’s recognize it. The world is in a state of war in bits and pieces,” he said. “Now there is this one (war). It is perhaps not organic but it is organized and it is war. We should not be afraid to speak this truth. The world is at war because it has lost peace.”
He later clarified that he did not mean a war of religion, but one of domination of people and economic interests.
“There is a war of interests. There is a war for money. There is a war for natural resources. There is a war for domination of peoples. This is the war,” he said. “All religions want peace. Others want war. Do you understand?”
Commentary: All religions want peace? The real problem is the war for natural resources? A priest had his head cut off while saying Mass and this is what he has to say? "We should not be afraid to speak this truth?" I think many are afraid to speak the truth.
It is truly a shame. A sin even. There is nothing else to say. Sad.