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article imagePope Attacked at Christmas Eve Mass

By KJ Mullins     Dec 24, 2009 in World
Pope Benedict XVI was attacked during Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. A woman is said to have attacked the Pope as he walked towards the altar.
Immediate reports are that the Pope was unharmed and went on to start the mass.
MSNBC reports that the woman jumped over a barrier and was able to knock down the pope. Pope Benedict's security guards helped the pontiff back to his feet.
Early reports from the Daily Mail Online say that the woman was mentally unstable. She has since been arrested by Vatican Police.
The woman also knocked over Cardinal Roger Etchegaray. The cardinal was taken to hospital.
The mass had been moved to an earlier time so that the Pope, 82, would not get exhausted.
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