A woman 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. Two Americans, MaryBeth Burns and Steve Burns, captured that moment on their cameras.
Will they release her name?
UPDATE: Thanks to Indie Jones:
The person's name is Susanna Maiolo, 25 years of age.She jumped the barrier at last years Midnight Mass in an attempt to get to the Pope, but security put her down before she reached him.She was wearing the same red sweatshirt last year as she wore this year.
Here's the video link of her attempt last year.
Prominent French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 87, broke a leg in the incident, though he was several metres (yards) away.
Kenny S wrote:
The woman, whom Lombardi described Thursday as "apparently unbalanced," leapt over a security barricade and threw herself at Pope Benedict, 82, in a dramatic start to Christmas Eve mass at St Peter's Basilica.
"Apparently unbalanced"...... Look at the next bit of info below...... "Apparently unbalanced". Sheesh. [snip] Lombardi said Maiolo tried to approach Pope Benedict on the same occasion a year ago without getting past the security barrier. THIS IS THE SAME WOMAN WHO TRIED THE SAME THING IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR?!?
You'd think at least one person over there in L.E. or The Swiss Guard would recognize her and maybe... just maybe do something about it BEFORE anything happened.