Pope Francis made a memorable Palm Sunday this weekend when he jumped out of the Popemobile to take selfies and sip tea with the crowd after going off-script during the homily.
The Associated Press reported
that more than 100,000 Romans, tourists, and other pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City for the festivities. They held olive tree branches, tall palm fronds, and braided palm leaves made into the shape of crucifixes — all of which were blessed by Pope Francis at the commencement of the ceremony. The Pope was using a wooden staff carved by Italian prison inmates to draw attention to the plight of the marginalized.
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"Has my life fallen asleep? Am I like Pontius Pilate, who, when he sees the situation is difficult, washes my hands?" the pope asked after a reading that gave an account of Jesus' disciples falling asleep before his betrayal by Judas.
"Where is my heart?" he continued, saying it was that "question which accompanies us" during Holy Week.
After the two-and-a-half-hour ceremony the Pope shed his red vestments that symbolized the blood of the crucified Jesus, making him one of the most humbly dressed among a cadre of cardinals.
After climbing into the Popemobile, it wasn't long before he hopped out with the vehicle still moving to take a "selfie" photo with a few Polish youth who specifically asked him for such a picture.
The fearless Pope Francis also drank from a thermos containing herbal mate tea passed to him from a devotee in the crowd.
The pope has garnered many headlines after taking what was dubbed "The First Papal Selfie" last year with a group of Italian teens in St. Peter's Basilica, and earlier this year took a selfie with a pair of newlyweds as well.
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