Vatican: Woman Knocks Down Pope Benedict as He Begins Celebrating Christmas Mass Print
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 24 December 2009 15:37
This is being reported as part of the live broadcast of the Christmas Mass at St. Peter's.

The video included pictures of Vatican security rushing toward the sacristy. Apparently a woman leaped the security barrier and knocked Pope Benedict down as well as a very aged French Cardinal, Roger Etchegaray.

Pope Benedict, Thank God, rose with the help of his master of ceremonies, and has gone on steadily to celebrate the Mass. The cardinal is in the hospital and there are no reports yet about his condition. The woman was arrested by Vatican security.

CNN says that the Vatican spokesman said that the woman never reached the Pope. If so, it is unclear why the Pope fell. Perhaps he was startled?

Last Christmas, the Pope was processing out at the end of the midnight Mass when someone tried to break through his security but never got near him and the Pope stayed firmly on his feet.