Bolivian President Confuses Pope by Handing Him Famous Symbol of Anti-Religious Ideology
by Ben Mathis-Lilley and Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo - SlateThe pope seems briefly confused, likely because the hammer and sickle is the iconic symbol of Soviet Communism, an anti-religious ideology of which Francis' predecessor John Paul II was a famous opponent.
In fact, Francis appears to respond initially to the item by saying "That is not okay." (In Spanish: "No está bien eso." The pope is a native of Argentina.)
resembling hammer and sickle