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A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday 25th December 2009.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Chistmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica got off to a tumultuous start Thursday after an apparently deranged woman jumped the barriers and knocked him down on his way to the altar.
The 82-year-old pope was unhurt after his fall, said a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini.
The woman who pushed the pope appeared to be mentally unstable and had been arrested by Vatican police.Benedettini said she also knocked down Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who was taken to hospital for a check up.
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