Pope attacked at mass

Woman vaulted security barriers—for second year in a row—during Christmas Eve mass

Pope Benedict XVI fell after being attacked by a woman during Christmas Eve mass, but is unhurt. A French Cardinal broke his femur during episode. The same woman, Susanna Maiolo, 25, a Swiss and Italian citizen, attempted to reach the Pope last year but was stopped by security. This year she was able to grab his vestments—raising the question of security around the Pope. But as long as he still wants to be out amongst the people, says a Vatican spokesman, he’ll never be fully protected. The attacker is currently being held in a medical facility and has not been arrested.

New York Times

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