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Woman Knocks Down Pope At Christmas Mass
Sky News ^

Posted on 12/24/2009 2:10:54 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Woman Knocks Down Pope At Christmas Mass

Alex Watts, Sky News Online A woman has been arrested after jumping over barriers and knocking down the Pope at Christmas Eve Mass.

Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict XVI was attacked as he walked down the main aisle to begin the service at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedettini said the 82-year-old quickly got to his feet and was unhurt.

Benedict calmly resumed his walk to the Basilica's main altar and then began the Mass.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assault; catholic; christmasmass; pope; popebenedict; religion
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To: Ticonderoga34

Naw,,,they just need to assure their palace in h*ll.


151 posted on 12/24/2009 4:38:20 PM PST by EBH (it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government)
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To: Shermy
the usual suspects were rounded...
152 posted on 12/24/2009 4:38:39 PM PST by traumer
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To: Sub-Driver
Just got back to my computer after the Mass. From what we heard here, the woman was Spanish. When she jumped the fence, she grabbed the Pope's chasuble, pulling him into a French cardinal, who was also knocked down, and who was taken to the hospital.

A note to whoever mentioned the Swiss Guards: they don't walk alongside the Pope in procession.

All I knew from where I was (behind the altar in the choir) was that something was amiss, because we heard the gasp/scream that suggested something bad had happened. When the Pope and other bishops came in, we assumed everything was alright.

Interesting times...

153 posted on 12/24/2009 4:39:10 PM PST by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: Dog

There has been a rash of these type events lately. Good bodyguards must be in short supply. Some nut job is going to get lucky and all hell is going to break loose depending on his target.


154 posted on 12/24/2009 4:39:21 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: Larry Lucido; Petronski

>>OMG I was just gonna ping the good Doctor and say the exact same thing, but wondered if it would be a bit too mischevious. :) <<

Well I shot egg nog right up my nose!
Oh man, my sinues will be merry for a week!


155 posted on 12/24/2009 4:40:20 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: Cicero

We’re off to Mass to pray for the Holy Father as well as celebrate the Nativity of our Lord.


156 posted on 12/24/2009 4:43:17 PM PST by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is in Iraq.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

looks like a crap load of armed plainclothes security but they were mostly in the wrong place.


157 posted on 12/24/2009 4:44:56 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: Sub-Driver; All

the woman appeared to be mentally unstable=Obama voter


158 posted on 12/24/2009 4:45:03 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Where were the Swiss Guards?


159 posted on 12/24/2009 4:45:43 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

She should have been swiss cheese....


160 posted on 12/24/2009 4:48:04 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Carley
You forgot the statuette that was hurled at Burlusconi's face last week. Interesting---that incident was also a person whose mental health was questioned.


161 posted on 12/24/2009 4:55:27 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Brytani

Fox News just showed his fall. Dear God, it looked awful to me! He’s 83 years old. I’m surprised he was able to get up so quickly. I’m afraid he’ll be sore tomorrow on Christmas Day.

FNC reported that the woman is mental.Better that’s she mental, and not a hater, but no less danerous regardless.

I’m going to pray for our Pope tonight.

A Blessed and Merry CHRISTmas to you, dear Brytani!


162 posted on 12/24/2009 4:55:44 PM PST by onyx
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To: historyrepeatz
...but a woman with a “head scarf burka thingy”...

Even women who don't normally cover their hair at Mass (I do) sometimes will for something as formal as Midnight Mass at St. Peter's.

163 posted on 12/24/2009 4:58:46 PM PST by nina0113
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To: arasina

There is a story on line that the woman grabbed him by the vestments, knocked him down and he fell on top of her.

His mitre was knocked off and he just laid there until he was helped up. Then he appeared shaken. Another priest was also knocked down and brought to hospital.

I don’t know what the answer is to such violence.


164 posted on 12/24/2009 5:06:18 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: nina0113

Sigh

I really REALLY need to find a more “conservative” parish. I’ve yet to see a single woman (except for Nuns) who cover their heads at St. Louis in Miami. Not even for Easter etc.

Merry Christmas Nina


165 posted on 12/24/2009 5:07:57 PM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: Carley

Video:

http://www.breitbart.tv/cell-phone-video-shows-moment-woman-topples-pope/


166 posted on 12/24/2009 5:13:18 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (****************************Stop Continental Drift**)
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To: Sub-Driver

New (I think) video of the attack on Pope Benedict and the still unnamed Cardinal.

I apologize that it is on MSNBC and you have to sit through a short but obnoxious Bank of America Commercial

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/34589068#34589068


167 posted on 12/24/2009 5:16:53 PM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

An educated guess tells me she’s a marxist Euro street pig.


168 posted on 12/24/2009 5:21:34 PM PST by NightOfTheLivingDems (Destroy the Dems in Two Thousand Ten)
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To: Brytani
unnamed Cardinal

Etchegaray

169 posted on 12/24/2009 5:27:11 PM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: Sub-Driver
i'm late here but just wanted to say that the security guard was on her amazingly fast. good for him. she was lucky she got that little bit of the pope.

as opposed to the SS agents who let some kook throw TWO shoes at Bush. disgraceful. and i'm a big fan of the SS. i have worked with them and they are usually spot on.

170 posted on 12/24/2009 5:28:30 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Bushbacker1
ROP female?

Maybe.

171 posted on 12/24/2009 5:29:34 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs, nothing more than bald haired hippies.)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Awful awful...


172 posted on 12/24/2009 5:29:48 PM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Sub-Driver

From the look on His Holiness’s face, it must have been a very tall woman.


173 posted on 12/24/2009 5:30:46 PM PST by Misterioso (Common sense is a simple and non-self-conscious use of logic. -- Ayn Rand)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

It looks like she grabbed the midsection or bottom of his garment and pulled him over. I am guessing she must have wrecked havoc on the cardinal while she was knocked to the floor.

You don’t see too many women that are so athletic and strong.

Thank God that Pope Benedict is okay and prayers for the Cardinal.


174 posted on 12/24/2009 5:33:43 PM PST by RedRedRose
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To: Bushbacker1
ROP female?

Amish. Those women are out of control. /s

175 posted on 12/24/2009 5:43:34 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: ELS

Thank you

Prayers for Cardinal Etchegaray.


176 posted on 12/24/2009 5:47:17 PM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: Brytani

Further information

Name:
H.E. Roger Card. ETCHEGARAY
Position:
President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Age:
87 (Born Monday, September 25, 1922)
From:
France
Cardinal since:
Saturday, June 30, 1979
Title:
Cardinal Bishop of Suburbicarian See of Porto-Santa Rufina

Cardinal Etchegaray was born in Espelette, in the diocese of Bayonne, France, on September 25, 1922. Ordained a priest on July 13, 1947, in 1961 he founded the National Office for Pastoral Activities in Paris and in 1966 he became General Secretary of the French Bishops’ Conference. He was later elected President of the French Episcopal Conference. On March 29, 1969, Paul VI appointed him Titular Bishop of Gemelle di Numidia, and named him at the same time Auxiliary Archbishop of Paris. On December 22, 1970, he was promoted to Archbishop of Marseilles, and on November 25, 1975, he was named Prelate of the Mission of France. Elevated to the College of Cardinals by John Paul II during the Consistory of June 30, 1979, on April 8, 1984, he was appointed President of the Vatican’s Justice and Peace Council. On November 15, 1994, Cardinal Etchegaray was given another crucial Vatican position: President of the Central Committee for the Jubilee of the Year 2000.


177 posted on 12/24/2009 5:49:39 PM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: RedRedRose; All
Here is another video that gives a better view of what is actually going on in total (it's looking down onto the procession): Corriere
178 posted on 12/24/2009 5:58:06 PM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

Thanks, Mark, for that link.


179 posted on 12/24/2009 6:15:42 PM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: GCC Catholic

Your in Rome?


180 posted on 12/24/2009 6:17:07 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Witch.


181 posted on 12/24/2009 6:20:44 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: markomalley

Thanks Mark. It’s a better view but I can’t see where the
Cardinal comes into the picture. I keep looking for a red cap like the one he is wearing in the wheelchair as security pushes him away.


182 posted on 12/24/2009 6:23:17 PM PST by RedRedRose
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To: livius

An APB just went out for Andrew Sullivan...
an another note, isn’t physically attacking the Pope one of the statutory grounds for automatic excommunication?


183 posted on 12/24/2009 6:25:54 PM PST by garbanzo (Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.)
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To: markomalley

Thank You Mark - this is heartbreaking. Merry Christmas to you!

Off the Midnight Mass - Give Glory to God in the Highest!!! Merry Christmas Everyone.


184 posted on 12/24/2009 6:32:54 PM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: Fudd Fan

Merry Christmas to you.


185 posted on 12/24/2009 6:35:15 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: AndyPH

michelle obama ?
pelosi.?
clinton.....
the list goes on.

Cindy Sheehan?


186 posted on 12/24/2009 6:52:21 PM PST by RatsDawg
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To: Sub-Driver

Sounds like the work of one of those “Anti-Catholic” freepers that Free Republic is well known for.../sarc


187 posted on 12/24/2009 7:35:43 PM PST by Karma Police (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!!!)
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Some media outlets are reporting that Cardinal Etchegaray, 87, suffered a broken femur and was taken to hospital. That's a serious injury in a man his age.

According to this report, Woman knocks down Pope at mass,

THE woman who knocked over Pope Benedict XVI as he celebrated Christmas Eve Mass at the Vatican was behind a similar attack last year, sources claim.

Fox News reporter Greg Burke told Sky News Australia "they are saying it is the same woman who last year tried to do it and was quickly taken away by security".

188 posted on 12/24/2009 7:42:10 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=431_1261703140

video


189 posted on 12/24/2009 7:50:35 PM PST by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Lance Corporal is in Iraq.)
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To: don-o
Thanks.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray suffered a broken femur.

190 posted on 12/24/2009 8:12:48 PM PST by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Sub-Driver
When will Vatican security WAKE UP and smell the espresso???!!!

This leader of the world's largest church needs to be protected 24/7 and not like the Swiss Guards did fifty years ago. There are very real and evil threats that want to do him harm and we need Pope Benedict XVI now much more than we need another martyr. Please keep him safe!

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191 posted on 12/24/2009 8:28:20 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: don-o

That looks like the same one who rushed him last time but did not get to him.

Dressed the same, black hair but got a hold of him this time.


192 posted on 12/24/2009 8:34:51 PM PST by right way right
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To: RedRedRose; Misterioso

Interesting that you’re both commenting on how big she was and some of the posts upthread refer to a rumor that this “woman” was acting because she believed his Christmas message was an attack on transsexuals...was the Pope attacked by a shemale?


193 posted on 12/24/2009 8:37:26 PM PST by cammie
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Here's the video:

Breitbart video of incident

Thankfully, the Pope was not seriously hurt, but it could have been a catastrophe. Security needs to be tighter for him than anyone in the world, IMO.

194 posted on 12/24/2009 8:39:15 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: cammie

Let’s not jump to conclusions about the attacker until there is some official report that can be relied upon... Next we’ll read a post that suggests it was Barney Frank.
I mean, really...


195 posted on 12/24/2009 8:41:20 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Someone intercepted her (from the right, dressed in black) and I think her forward momentum was too much to keep her from reaching the Pope.


196 posted on 12/24/2009 9:00:58 PM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: kinsman redeemer

Merry Christmas, everyone!

God sent His Son that we might have life - and have it abundantly!


197 posted on 12/24/2009 9:02:10 PM PST by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: vox_freedom

There’s no way Barney Frank could have jumped that barrier. :[)


198 posted on 12/24/2009 9:02:45 PM PST by cammie
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To: Nuc1

The Pieta was attacked in 1977 by a deranged lunatic with a hammer.


199 posted on 12/24/2009 9:03:42 PM PST by Heliand
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To: Nuc1

The Pieta was attacked in 1977 by a deranged lunatic with a hammer.


200 posted on 12/24/2009 9:03:51 PM PST by Heliand
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