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Woman Knocks Down Pope At Christmas Mass

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Ng'wanza Madaso, Dec 25, 2009.

  1. Ng'wanza Madaso

    Ng'wanza Madaso JF-Expert Member

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    Breaking News

    10:44pm UK, Thursday December 24, 2009

    Woman Knocks Down Pope At Christmas Mass

    Alex Watts, Sky News Online
    A woman has been arrested after jumping over barriers and knocking down the Pope at Christmas Eve Mass.


    Pope Benedict XVI was attacked as he walked down the main aisle to begin service at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

    Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedettini said the 82-year-old quickly got to his feet and was unhurt.

    Mr Benedettini said the woman appeared to be mentally unstable and was being questioned by Vatican police.

    He said she also knocked down Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who was taken to hospital for a check-up.

    TV pictures showed Benedict's black-clad bodyguards rushing towards the scene, which happened off camera.

    The crowd applauded as the Pope stood up and resumed his walk to the Basilica's main altar to begin Mass.

    Benedict showed no discomfort as he read out his Christmas Eve homily - and made no reference to the assault.

    He spoke out against selfishness, which he said "makes us prisoners of our interests and our desires that stand against the truth and separate us from one another."

    The Mass began two hours early, instead of the traditional midnight hour, because of the Pope's age.

    Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the change was planned "to make Christmas a little less tiring for the Pope, who has many engagements during this time".

    Last year, there was a similar security breach at the service.
    At the end of Mass, a woman jumped over barriers and got close to the Pope but was quickly stopped by security.

    Mr Benedettini said it was not immediately known if the same woman was behind this incident.
  2. OsamaBinLaden

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    A shaken Pope Benedict has celebrated Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter's Basilica shortly after being knocked over by a female spectator. The woman, said to be mentally unstable, managed to grab him by his vestments near the neck as a security guard tried to overwhelm her.
    The Vatican said she had also tried to jump at the Pope last year.
    French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 87, was standing a few metres away and fell and broke his hip during the incident.
    Proceeding with the Mass, Benedict looked shaken and stumbled over some words.
    The Vatican later said the Pope was unharmed and would give Mass on Christmas Day as planned.
    "It was an assault, but it wasn't dangerous because she wasn't armed," said Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi.
  3. Kigogo

    Kigogo JF-Expert Member

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    huku italy kuna nini ?
  4. m

    madule Senior Member

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    security ni zero
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    Bull JF-Expert Member

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    Ufisadi wa pop ndio unaomponza, anawatetea na kuwalinda mapadre wanao waaribu watoto wadogo. Wazazi hasa kina mama wanatoa hasira zao.

    Papa acha kutetea uovu wapelekwe kwenye justice mapdre wako, wawalipe fidia watoto waliowaaribu, sio kuwahamisha wakina Kilaini kuwapeleka Bukoba pindi wanapoharibu Dar.
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    MwalimuZawadi JF-Expert Member

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    Mkuu wanaonesha alama za nyakati, 2010 machizi watakuwa wengi zaidi hasa hapa 'kwetu'
  7. The Boss

    The Boss JF-Expert Member

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    Italians are no joke.....
    Wengi wehu
  8. Abdulhalim

    Abdulhalim JF-Expert Member

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    Mbona hutoi ushauri mzuri kama huu kwa marehemu pedofile Mwamedi?
  9. PakaJimmy

    PakaJimmy JF-Expert Member

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    Huna jipya..!..Usieweke mambo ya kujiwaziawazia, sio kijiwe-mawazo hiki wewee!
    Pole Pope, watu wana mafrustrations ya maisha ya huko Ulaya, wanatafuta kila sababu ya kula sembe la bure...ni kugumu huko ati!
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    Bull JF-Expert Member

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    Ahsante mkuu kwa kuusifia ushauri wangu, But:
    Alie kufa amekufa, sasa huyu papa alie hai asitetee na kuwalinda wachungaji wenzake ma-pedofile,

    Watoto wengi wameharibiwa maisha yao na hawa mapadre wanaotumia mgongo wa dini. Wasipotendewa
    haki victim wananchi watatoa hasira zao, nabado papa more to came