During these last days there has been much speculation and mystery as to why Pope Francis repeatedly withdrew his right hand when people bowed and tried to kiss.
The mystery has finally been solved as it transpired that the Pope’s action were motivated by his desire to avoid the spread germs.
The Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti clarified that it was a simple question of hygiene.
The Pope’s actions also caused a Catholic cultural wars between conservatives and progressives Catholics with some approving and others criticising.
Some Vatican watchers noted that even former Pope Benedict, and his predecessor John Paul, did not like having their hands kissed.