Beloved Roman Pontiff Pope Francis on Thursday stumbled and fell while conducting mass during his visit to Poland.

The mass was being broadcast live on television.

The pontiff was walking past the altar at the beginning of the event, at Czestochowa, Poland, on Thursday (July 28), when he fell on the ground before being assisted to his feet by fellow clergymen.

Pope Francis went ahead to celebrate mass.

The Pope is on a five-day trip to the Krakow area of southern Poland.

Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday as a “meek and powerful” herald of mercy, and honored the countless “ordinary yet remarkable people” in Poland who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist nation.

The Mass was held in celebration of the 1,050th anniversary this year of the Poland’s acceptance of Roman Catholicism. The baptism of a medieval king in 966 put the nation on course to be part of the Latin-speaking Western world, setting it apart culturally from Orthodox nations in the region.

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