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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 ...


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KEYWORDS: assault; catholic; christmasmass; pope; popebenedict; religion
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To: Nuc1

The Holy Father was knocked to the floor as was a Cardinal followig him. The Cardinal was taken to the hospital.


201 posted on 12/24/2009 9:22:17 PM PST by pgkdan ( I miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Bon mots

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/34588834#34588834

Clearly knocked down in this video. Start watching at 1:02.


202 posted on 12/24/2009 9:22:45 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: La Enchiladita
God bless Pope Benedict

That's kind of in the job description. :)

and keep him safe from all harm.

I don't think he is too worried about that (else he's in the wrong business.)

203 posted on 12/24/2009 9:34:55 PM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL
Wow! From the back, the hairstyle and the red jacket look the same in this video and the one from last year shown in post 42. I'm thinking it's the same person. If it's that easy to get back in after a previous attack - wearing the same clothes, even! - then they really need to overhaul the security.
204 posted on 12/24/2009 9:35:24 PM PST by magisterium
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To: Sub-Driver

It seems only the Pope and other Christian leaders are disrespected these days.


205 posted on 12/24/2009 9:54:16 PM PST by PGR88
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To: magisterium
Looked like Michael Jackson to me, but he's dead.

Cheers!

Prayers up for the Cardinal btw.

...and Merry Christmas.

206 posted on 12/24/2009 10:27:48 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: AndyPH

They are the “Swiss Guards”.>>>

and just as bad as the secret service.


207 posted on 12/24/2009 11:07:03 PM PST by Coleus (Abortion, Euthanasia & FOCA - - don't Obama and the Democrats just kill ya!)
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To: Dog

In the video it looked like security was on her pretty quick. I know..... not quick enough.


208 posted on 12/24/2009 11:21:07 PM PST by Just Lori (What we have is a TOXIC government, and that aint no ASSET!!!!)
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To: nina0113

I have a beautiful veil for just such an occasion, but I’ve never used it. Maybe someday....


209 posted on 12/24/2009 11:26:36 PM PST by Just Lori (What we have is a TOXIC government, and that aint no ASSET!!!!)
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To: fatima
Your in Rome?

Yes... for seminary studies. I still can't quite believe that I'm here... I've been here since July.

210 posted on 12/24/2009 11:51:56 PM PST by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: GCC Catholic

Thank You!!! Another Conservative Seminary student....God is good!


211 posted on 12/25/2009 12:02:48 AM PST by Brytani (Support Allen West For Congress - www.allenwestforcongress.com)
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To: RedRedRose
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.

I believe the Cardinal was vested for Mass. He would have been wearing a mitre over his red cap.

212 posted on 12/25/2009 12:19:49 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: DoughtyOne
Exactly.

Their problem isn't necessarily with the Pope himself, but the One Who the Pope is seen as representing. The Pope is who they can get their hands on.

If they could kill Christ, they'd do that instead. Christ is the real object of hatred.

213 posted on 12/25/2009 4:23:59 AM PST by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: PGR88

“It seems only the Pope and other Christian leaders are disrespected these days.”

It seems that it doesn’t matter what the person’s title is. I think the disrespect we see is generic and that there’s far too much of it going around these days, period.


214 posted on 12/25/2009 4:28:58 AM PST by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Brytani

Back atcha! Merry Christmas to you and that ole husband of yours!


215 posted on 12/25/2009 4:29:11 AM PST by Bushbacker1 ( I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: All

216 posted on 12/25/2009 4:33:56 AM PST by maggief
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To: magisterium

It was the same person.


217 posted on 12/25/2009 4:34:07 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: DoughtyOne

I agree.


218 posted on 12/25/2009 5:38:09 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: humblegunner; don-o
Thank you, humblegunner. Older people find falls very scary, and with good reason. Mortality rates are disturbingly high for an elderly person in the year after a broken hip. This comes from a secondary series: broken hip --> impaired mobility --> compromised pulmonary activity --> pneumonia --> death. That's the most common event cascade.

On Google News I notice that most articles don't even mention Cardinal Roger Echeveria, 87, whose leg was broken. I will pray for Benedict, and for Roger, and for the female assailant who is evidently mentally ill.

(I say "mentally ill," but my husband remarks that if somebody's "hearing voices" or some such thing, being told to attack the Pope on Christmas, repeatedly --this was her second attempted assault and battery on the Pope--- you have to wonder about, I don't know, other influences...)

219 posted on 12/25/2009 6:54:20 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Merry Christmas, everyone!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Thank you.


220 posted on 12/25/2009 7:06:21 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will become citizens.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
On Google News I notice that most articles don't even mention Cardinal Roger Echeveria, 87, whose leg was broken.

I hadn't realized he was injured to that extent. I'm very sorry to hear that.

221 posted on 12/25/2009 7:08:26 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will become citizens.)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

I suspect they’d attack Christ with much more rapidity than they did the Pope, and probably with more furor too.

Your comments are accurate IMO.

Merry Christmas to you. Have a great day. Drop in and say hi later this afternoon.


222 posted on 12/25/2009 7:12:50 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will become citizens.)
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To: GCC Catholic

I hope you’ve found that fabulous gelato place around the corner from the Trevi fountain. If not, the name escapes me, but if you walk uphill and take the first (I think) left, it’s almost to the end of the block on the right.


223 posted on 12/25/2009 7:43:29 AM PST by nina0113
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To: Nachoman; don-o
I actually look to Christians to try to live up to that Matthew 5-6- and 7 stuff. Can't always succeed, you're sometimes ovepowered by strong emotions like anger, but you try.

I always thought the "love your enemies" command from Christ is as much evidence of His divinity, as His resurrection from the dead. It's clearly beyond unaided human power. It's not where we're at, but it's what we're called to.

224 posted on 12/25/2009 7:48:50 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Merry Christmas, everyone!)
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To: All
Woman Knocks Down Pope At Christmas Mass

Dude, she is gonna be in purgatory for like evah!

225 posted on 12/25/2009 7:53:08 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Conservatives unite behind conservative Republicans in the primaries!)
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To: garbanzo
Yeah, it's automatic excommunication, unless the assailant was non compos mentis. She has a psychiatric history. I truly feel sorry for people who are mentally ill. It's not a happy place to be. Hope she gets some help.
226 posted on 12/25/2009 8:14:43 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Merry Christmas, everyone!)
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To: DoughtyOne; Mrs. Don-o; All
From Inside the Vatican [December 25]:

Today the Vatican Press office released this statement about the Pope's fall before Mass on Christmas Eve:

"Yesterday evening during the entrance procession of the celebration of Mass, an unbalanced person, Susanna Maiolo, 25, who has Italian and Swiss citizenship, went over the barrier and despite the intervention of security people was able to reach the Holy Father and grab his pallium, causing him to lose his balance, slip and fall. The Pope was able to quickly get up and resume walking, and the entire celebration was carried out without any other problem.

Unfortunately, in the confusion that was created Cardinal Etchegaray fell and fractured his hip. He was taken to the Gemelli Polyclinic, and his condition is good, but he will have to undergo an operation in coming days.

Maiolo, who was not armed but who manifested signs of psychic imbalance, was taken to a health care facility for obligatory treatment.

As for the Holy Father, today’s program is confirmed without any modifications."

Here is a link to a brief video of exactly what happened when the Pope fell. It has been posted with an interesting commentary by Catholic News Service and shows the Swiss woman jumping over the barricade, and the Pope falling in the general confusion as the woman ran toward him (go to the link below and click on the video, which will load after a moment):

http://cnsblog.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/pope-fine-after-christmas-eve-knock-down/

Here is a link, via an American paper, to a comprehensive Associated Press story by Nicole Winfield on the attack last night and its possible implications for the Pope's physical security:

http://www.thestate.com/nationwire/story/1084335.html

227 posted on 12/25/2009 9:11:35 AM PST by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: DoughtyOne
Merry Christmas to you too!

How was your Christmas? I had a nice quiet day, a nice dinner, and am entertaining myself now listening to a radio broadcast from yesterday where Gerald Celente was giving his predictions for 2010.

I hope you had a wonderful and blessed day- stay safe, and, depending on where you live, warm!

228 posted on 12/25/2009 2:14:28 PM PST by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: humblegunner

And a much better person than you.


229 posted on 12/25/2009 5:36:27 PM PST by Fudd Fan ( I'm not racist, I hate his white half, too)
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To: BykrBayb

Merry Christmas to you as well.


230 posted on 12/25/2009 5:37:47 PM PST by Fudd Fan ( I'm not racist, I hate his white half, too)
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To: RedRedRose
You don’t see too many women that are so athletic and strong.

Theres strong and "crazy strong" ,I.E. when the mentally ill and delusional get a head of steam up they can be unnaturally strong. If she was in a delusional rage she could've been quite a handful.

CC

231 posted on 12/25/2009 7:41:58 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (Calling illegal aliens "undocumented workers" is like calling drug dealers "unlicensed pharmacists")
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To: GCC Catholic

:)Nice,Get off the cloud and stick close to the books.Not a negative I think you know what I mean.Stay undercover here.We will pray for you Soul.I know a few people.No Names.(((((((Hugs))))))))


232 posted on 12/25/2009 8:46:22 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: GCC Catholic

:)Nice,Get off the cloud and stick close to the books.Not a negative I think you know what I mean.Stay undercover here.We will pray for you Soul.I know a few people.No Names.(((((((Hugs))))))))


233 posted on 12/25/2009 8:46:58 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima
For the record as a female I would have clocked her and forgivein her a little later.
234 posted on 12/25/2009 8:52:03 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Fudd Fan

Obviously so, if you are able to comment on posts you didn’t even see.


236 posted on 12/26/2009 3:42:32 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

I’ll comment on anything I please. And you know nothing about me. NOTHING.

You could call me the Queen of England, that doesn’t make the the Queen. If you see where I’m going.

I couldn’t care less what you think of me. From your posts on other threads, my opinion of you could not be lower. But since I’m sure you don’t care either (and really, why should you?) it’s a complete waste of time to post to each other.

So here’s a minute or so that I’ll never get back.


238 posted on 12/26/2009 8:32:30 AM PST by Fudd Fan ( I'm not racist, I hate his white half, too)
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To: Fudd Fan
I’ll comment on anything I please.

So will I.

And you know nothing about me.

Nor you about me.

I couldn’t care less what you think of me.

Then why bother saying so?

From your posts on other threads, my opinion of you could not be lower.

My day is ruined.

it’s a complete waste of time to post to each other.

Kind of like talk radio threads.

Still.. you made derogatory remarks about a post you never saw.

That's cheating. Naughty naughty!

Slam me all you like but do so on the basis of my words.

Not on the basis of what you imagine them to be.

239 posted on 12/26/2009 8:41:36 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner
Slam me all you like but do so on the basis of my words.

You can't dictate anything to me so why post such empty words?

See, supreme waste of time. I'm done and you can go to hell.

240 posted on 12/26/2009 8:44:58 AM PST by Fudd Fan ( I'm not racist, I hate his white half, too)
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To: Fudd Fan
I'm done and you can go to hell.

OK.

I'll tell your relatives you said "hi".

241 posted on 12/26/2009 8:48:59 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: humblegunner

I said I’m done. And if you reply to this post then YOU can have the last moronic word.


242 posted on 12/26/2009 8:50:51 AM PST by Fudd Fan ( I'm not racist, I hate his white half, too)
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To: Fudd Fan
And if you reply to this post then YOU can have the last moronic word.

I WIN! I WIN! YAY! WOO AND YAY!


243 posted on 12/26/2009 9:01:18 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: ELS

What bothers me is that this was not the first time this witch had jumped a barricade to access the Pope. She evidently did it in the not too distant past too.

If she’s that much of a mental midget, and serious security threat, she needs to be kept in custody this time.


244 posted on 12/26/2009 11:25:24 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will become citizens.)
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To: GiovannaNicoletta

We had a very mice mid-day with family, and then relaxed at home in the evening.

Thank you for your nice note.

I had intended to return to the forum and talk to folks who were online, but then decided to focus on the little Mrs.

I’m glad you had a good day. That’s great.


245 posted on 12/26/2009 11:45:38 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will become citizens.)
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