News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World News

'God rejects you': Pope's audience interrupted by shouting man

by Heather Preston

Pope Francis' weekly audience was unexpectedly interrupted by a man denouncing the Church as he shouted from the audience hall.

The Pontiff was delivering his weekly audience at the Vatican when a voice in the crowd was heard saying "The Church is not the way God wants it."

"God rejects you, Father. You're not a king," he continued as he waved his arms in the air.

Vatican police and a Swiss Guard swiftly removed the man from the Paul VI hall.

Addressing the disruption, the Pope later said he didn't know if the man had "physical, psychic or spiritual" problems, but that "one of our brothers was in trouble."

"I would like to finish by praying for him, our brother who is suffering," he continued. 

"We must not be deaf to our brother's needs."

A Vatican source said the man was an Irish national living in Rome who had made similar outbursts in several Roman basilicas in the past.

Following the incident, the man was handed over to Italian police.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email