It was a shocking event tonight at the Vatican when Pope Benedict was approached by a woman and was knocked down along with a cardinal.
While the situation was immediately handled and the Pope was unharmed and calmly stood up back again to the relief of the Christmas mass goers, it was nonetheless a scary incident which left a memorable imprint on everyone.
As it happened, a woman in red 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.
The 82-year-old pope quickly got up and was unhurt, said a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Ciro Benedettini. Footage aired on Italy’s RAI state TV showed a woman dressed in a red jumper vaulting over the wooden barriers and rushing the pope before being swarmed by bodyguards.
Below is the video of the alleged attack: