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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 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.
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Naw,,,they just need to assure their palace in h*ll.
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.
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.
>>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!
We’re off to Mass to pray for the Holy Father as well as celebrate the Nativity of our Lord.
looks like a crap load of armed plainclothes security but they were mostly in the wrong place.
the woman appeared to be mentally unstable=Obama voter
Where were the Swiss Guards?
She should have been swiss cheese....
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!
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.
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.
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
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
An educated guess tells me she’s a marxist Euro street pig.
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.
From the look on His Holiness’s face, it must have been a very tall woman.
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.
Amish. Those women are out of control. /s
Prayers for Cardinal Etchegaray.
H.E. Roger Card. ETCHEGARAY
President Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
87 (Born Monday, September 25, 1922)
Saturday, June 30, 1979
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.
Thanks, Mark, for that link.
Your in Rome?
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.
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?
Thank You Mark - this is heartbreaking. Merry Christmas to you!
Off the Midnight Mass - Give Glory to God in the Highest!!! Merry Christmas Everyone.
Merry Christmas to you.
michelle obama ?
the list goes on.
Sounds like the work of one of those “Anti-Catholic” freepers that Free Republic is well known for.../sarc
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".
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray suffered a broken femur.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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...
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.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
God sent His Son that we might have life - and have it abundantly!
There’s no way Barney Frank could have jumped that barrier. :[)
The Pieta was attacked in 1977 by a deranged lunatic with a hammer.
The Pieta was attacked in 1977 by a deranged lunatic with a hammer.