popePope Francis is sporting a black eye after hitting his head on the Popemobile when it came to an abrupt stop.

The pontiff was travelling in his special car, with the famous raised platform which enables him to wave to the crowd, in Cartagena, Colombia on the last day of his visit to the south American country when it came to an abrupt halt causing him to hit his head on the bulletproof glass.

He sustained a bruise to his left eye and cut above his left eyebrow which dripped blood onto his white cassock.

The cut was swiftly treated with ice and bandaged up and he continued on his journey.

A spokesman for the Vatican told reporters: “The pope is all right. Ice was put on it and he was treated. He will continue the schedule for his visit with no changes.”

The Pope was later heard joking that he had been “punched” but was “fine”.

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