Pope Benedict XVI knocked down during Christmas Mass

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Pope Benedict XVI was knocked down at Christmas Mass today. According, to the Associated Press, a woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to start Christmas Eve Mass.

After Pope Benedict was knocked down, he quickly stood back up and appeared to be unhurt. He is 82 years old.

RAI State TV aired footage of a women dressed in a red sweatshirt jumping over the barriers and rushing toward the pope before being bodyguards restrained her. The woman appeared to be mentally unstable and was immediately taken away by the Vatican Police.

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Last year, a similar incident happened where a woman jumped the barriers. In last years incident,however, the woman didn’t make it all the way to the Pope.

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