On the plane to Marocco (March 30), Claudio Lavanga of NBC News withdrew his hand from a handshake with Francis (video below).
Then he asked Francis why he
withdrew his hand from the faithful in Loreto.
Francis answered that he doesn't like it for hygienic reasons when the line of people greeting him is too long. He explained that his hand got wet and he didn’t want to start a contagion.