Saturday, Dec 26th, 2009
The Vatican has placed security arrangements for Pope Benedict XVI under review after a woman managed to break through security guards at Christmas Eve Mass and knock the pontiff to the floor.
Susanna Maiolo, 25, leapt over a barrier at St Peter’s Basilica to attack the Holy Father as he proceeded down the main aisle.
As she tussled with guards protecting the 82-year-old, Miss Maiolo managed to grab the Pope’s gold and white vestments and send him toppling to the ground.
A senior French Cardinal, Roger Etchegaray, 87, fractured his hip in the ensuing melee as the service came to a sudden halt.
“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” – Fall Of The Republic – Buy the DVD here
This article was posted: Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 4:49 am