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Woman Attacks Pope

Posted on | December 25, 2009 | 5 Comments

It’s not a good news item for Catholics to learn of this Christmas Day, but yes – Pope Benedict XVI was attacked by a female bystander (Susanna Maiolo, 25) as the pontiff was making his way down the aisle of St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate Christmas Midnight Mass at the Vatican. The video is below; the corresponding news report is here. This happened around 5:00 am PST (Philippine Standard Time; GMT +8).

If the video above won’t work, here is an alternative link. Below is a freeze frame of the woman jumping over the barricade:

The Pope was able to recover, and he along with the other cardinals (save for one whose hip was fractured and had to be brought to the hospital) continued with the celebration of the Mass.

Update (December 26): Vatican says pope attacker will be forgiven

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5 Responses to “Woman Attacks Pope”

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    December 25th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

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    December 25th, 2009 @ 5:18 pm

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

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  3. Carlos Nazareno
    December 25th, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    This just goes to show that Popes and Cardinals should go through mandatory kung fu and ninjutsu training to prevent stuff like this from happening again.

  4. Diega
    December 26th, 2009 @ 9:02 am

    There’s a Pinoy talking in the video!

  5. Albert
    December 26th, 2009 @ 9:07 am

    You’re right! Said something like “kinuyog siya” (he was mobbed)…

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