BY OUR REPORTER
An eye of Pope Francis had to be bandaged after an accident in the popemobile in Colombia on Sunday.
The accident occurred when he reportedly lost his balance and bumped his head while riding in the popemobile.
He bruised his cheekbone and cut his left eyebrow, blood staining his white cassock.
According to The Vatican, the Pontif received ice treatment and was fine.
The Pope had visited the country on a tour of appealing to the people to “untie the knots of violence” after a 50-year civil war.
A smiling pope continued the trip wearing a bandage over his cut. “I was punched. I’m fine,” he joked to the followers.
The bruise kept on swelling even as he continued addressing thousands of people in the city as he called up on peace to prevail.
“Only if we help to untie the knots of violence, will we unravel the complex threads of disagreements,” he said.
Francis used the trip to urge Colombians deeply polarized by a peace plan to shun vengeance after a bloody 50-year civil war.
Cartagena, a top tourist destination famous for its colonial walled ramparts, was the home to Saint Peter Claver, a Spanish priest who ministered to slaves in Colombia in the 1600s, defying Spanish colonial masters who treated them as chattel.
The pope used the occasion to again decry modern slavery and human trafficking and defend the rights of immigrants.
“Here in Colombia and in the world, millions of people are still being sold as slaves; they either beg for some expressions of humanity, moments of tenderness, or they flee by sea or land because they have lost everything, primarily their dignity and their rights,” The Guardian quoted Francis.
Frncis is the first Latin American to be come a Pope.
The Pope rounded up his tour with a pledge to pray for Venezuela, which has been caught up in a social and economic crisis.
However, the Vatican has assured the world that the Pope is in good condition and the minor accident is not a threat at all.