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Pope Benedict Forgives Xmas Mass Attacker

A press release by Vatican City officials has stated that Pope Benedict XVI has met privately on Wednesday with the woman who assaulted him at last years Christmas Mass.
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Rome, the 13th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Pope Benedict has reportedly offered forgiveness to Susanna Maiolo [25], the woman responsible for causing the disruption at the 2009 Christmas Mass procession. Miss Maiolo evaded the security team surrounding the Pope, dragging the 82 year old pontiff to the ground whilst breaking the leg of French Cardinal, Roger Etchegaray [87] in the process.

 

It has been reported that Miss Maiolo has apologised for the disturbance, after she was arrested by Vatican Police and taken to a mental institution immediately following the incident.

At the time of the attack Pope Benedict was assisted to his feet and continued with the procession and proceeding Christmas Mass – prompting a chorus of cheers from the adoring crowd at the service.

A spokesman for the Vatican has confirmed that Miss Maiolo is the same woman responsible for an attempted attack on the Christmas Mass of 2008. Senior Vatican analyst for CNN, John Allen, has stated that, such security breaches are not uncommon. “As compared to say, the president of the United States, the security membrane around the pope is pretty thin and fairly permeable,” explained Allen. Allen said that, generally speaking, these disputations are caused by people who are not seeking to physical harm the Pontiff, but rather just get close to him.

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Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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