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Woman breaks security, knocks down Pope Benedict at Christmas Eve Mass - video

December 24, 2009 |  4:52 am

Here is raw video of the service and security agents rushing to the scene of the assault after a woman jumped from the Vatican crowd to knock down Pope Benedict XVI and another priest during the entry procession.

The 82-year-old Pope was unhurt, rose to his feet and continued with the procession and service to the applause of the congregation.

Cardinal Roger Etchegarry was taken to the hospital for observation.

Last year another woman also broke through security during the holiday mass but was apprehended before reaching the pontiff.

More details available here.