79 old Pope Francis was in Poland on official visit.
It was first ever official visit to Eastern Europe.
Recall that Francis’ predecessor, Pope John Paul II, was beloved in Poland.
Tens of thousands of faithful had gathered to celebrate mass when all of a sudden, creams rent the air.
The pope was celebrating Mass at the Jasna Gora Monastery in the southern city of Czestochowa.
The Pope was at the monastery, home to an ancient Catholic icon believed to work miracles, ahead of a trip by tram to meet young pilgrims from around the world.
Outdoors, the Pope had said Mass, thanking Poles for holding on to their faith in difficult times.
During the mass, he described former Pope John Paul II, “As a meek and powerful herald of mercy.
Pope Francis was walking in his long robe with an incense holder in his hand.
Apparently, he fell to the ground before the altar.
He braced his fall with his left hand and priests around him rushed to help.
It was later gathered that the Pope missed a step and fell over.
A few times in the past, Francis has missed a step or even fallen on stairs.
Each time he has got up on his own or thanks to an aide lending a hand, then carried on without missing a beat for the rest of the long ceremonies.
This time around, pictures show him tumbling to the floor next to steps leading to the open air altar and being helped to his feet by Vatican Master of Ceremonies, Guido Marini.
Several nearby priests rushed to help him back to his feet.
On close scrutiny by Vatican officials, he was declared fit.
Pope Francis brushed himself off and continued with the procession.
Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, later told reporters that “The pope is fine. He is in good condition. He did not even complain at all.
“He never said a word.
“Also, the homily showed that the pope has strength and this strength he gets from the people.”