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It was a dark day for Pope Francis.

The leader of the Catholic church was swarmed by a mob of crazed nuns earlier today. The women were let out of their convents before the pontiff’s visit to Naples, and they pretty much lost it at the sight of him:

Pope Francis

As Francis found himself completely surrounded, the Archbishop of Naples was forced to intervene as the nuns showered him with gifts and greetings.

“They are going to eat him!” Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe quipped, as he attempted to urge restraint among the nuns.

“And these are the cloistered ones. Just imagine the non-cloistered ones,” he continued.

Cloistered nuns rarely leave their nunneries due to the principal of “papal enclosure” — even their visitors can only be viewed through a grill. That might help explain some of their wild behaviour.

As for Francis, he spent the remainder of his visit meeting with religious leaders while also touring Naples’ poorest, most crime-infested areas.