"the Tradition that välönskare and believers get the chance to kiss the pope's ring to show their respect goes several hundred years back in time. But when the ceremony would be performed in the week did not allow pope Francis this – instead, he drew the hand away again and again."
"A clip of when the pope receives the long line of waiting people has been spread widely on the net. The people arrive one by one, smile, take the pope's hands, bends down or goes down on his knees, and tries to kiss his hand. But each time, draws the pope quickly away from the hand or is inaccessible."
"After the video became viral called some of the conservative critics of Francis's behavior for"
" The holy father said that the justification was simple: hygiene. He wanted to avoid the risk of contagion among the people, not for himself, " says Gisotti."