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Pope Francis Falls During Outdoor Mass in Poland, Is Uninjured

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 02:48 PM

Pope Francis fell to the ground Thursday while conducting an open-air mass in front of thousands in Czestochowa, Poland and was helped back up.

According to Sky News, the pontiff, 79, appeared to trip over a step while blessing the altar at the start of the Mass at the Jasna Gora monastery. The network stated that Pope Francis did not appear to be hurt and continued on with the service and read his homily.

The Catholic News Service and others posted about the pope's fall on Twitter and added that he was helped up immediately.






"He is in good condition," said Czestochowa Archbishop Waclaw Depo, according to the Daily Mail. "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."

The Daily Mail wrote that Pope Francis is in relatively good health, despite the long days of ceremonies, audiences and meetings.

Pope Francis has missed a step or even fallen on stairs several other times during in papacy, each time getting back up on his own or with the help of the aide and carrying on without missing a beat.

Sky News reported that Pope Francis suffers from sciatica, a medical condition in which pain sometimes shoots down the leg from his lower back. Sciatica typically affects one side of the body and most commonly happens when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine, or narrowing of the spine compresses part of the nerve, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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