Pope knocked down by woman at Christmas Mass
25-Dec-2009 (one comment)

A shaken Pope Benedict has celebrated Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter's Basilica shortly after being knocked over by a female spectator.

The woman, said to be mentally unstable, managed to grab him by his vestments near the neck as a security guard tried to overwhelm her.

The Vatican said she had also tried to jump at the Pope last year.

French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 87, was standing a few metres away and fell and broke his hip during the incident.

Proceeding with the Mass, Benedict looked shaken and stumbled over some words.

The Vatican later said the Pope was unharmed and would give Mass on Christmas Day as planned.

"It was an assault, but it wasn't dangerous because she wasn't armed," said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.

Darius Kadivar

Christmas of Love and Peace ...

by Darius Kadivar on

The Pope wants to Promote to Sainthood the controversial Pope Pie XII who closed an eye on the Nazi Holocaust during WWII by refusing to condemn it when he could. I think that the current Pope has been the most damaging and uncharismatic Pope in the history of the Vatican. I'm afraid this assault however condemnable is due to the frustration his Papal decisions have created in recent years.