Pope Francis left with black eye and bloodied face after Popemobile accident

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Pope Francis was left with a black eye after falling over when the Popemobile came to an abrupt stop.

The motorcade halting suddenly cause the pontiff to lose his balance, bruising his left eye and cutting his left eyebrow which dripped blood onto his white cassock.

The cut was swiftly treated with ice and bandaged up.

He had been met by hundreds of well-wishers in Cartagena, Colombia, on the last day of his visit to the south American country.

After the morning’s dramas, the 80-year-old prayed at the tomb of St. Peter Claver, the 17th century missionary who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who were brought to be sold through Cartagena’s port during Spanish colonial times.

For the second day in a row, Francis also made an off-the-cuff denunciation of drug dealers and traffickers, condemning them as unscrupulous merchants of death who “cut short so many hopes and destroy so many families”.

The Popemobile in Columbia (EPA)

“You can’t play with the lives of our brothers or manipulate their dignity,” he said.

Francis had refrained until Sunday from speaking out about the political and humanitarian crisis next door in Venezuela.

But in remarks added into his Sunday prayer, Francis called for an end to political violence in the country and protection for the poor who have been most hurt by the crisis.

While the appeal was welcomed, many in the crowd were more taken by Francis’ mishap on the popemobile and his bruised and bloody eye.

“This holy blood is staying in Colombia,” said Ricardo Morales, a lawyer who lined up outside St. Peter Claver’s church for a glimpse of the pope. “He made a great effort to be here and from now on it’s our obligation to make a similar effort to thank him for everything he has done.”

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