VATICAN CITY - The Vatican will review security procedures after a woman jumped a barrier and rushed at Pope Benedict XVI for the second time in two years, managing this time to knock him down before guards pulled her away, a Vatican spokesman said Friday.
Benedict, 82, wasn't hurt and delivered his traditional Christmas Day greetings in 65 languages from the loggia overlooking St. Peter's Square. A bit unsteady at first, he blessed the crowd and made no reference to the disturbance. In his homily, the pope urged the world to "wake up" from selfishness and petty affairs and find time for God.
The incident in St. Peter's Basilica raised fresh questions about security for the pontiff. Officials said the woman involved had jumped the barrier at the 2008 Midnight Mass in a failed bid to get to the pope. The Vatican identified her as Susanna Maiolo, 25, a Swiss-Italian with psychiatric problems who was immediately taken to a clinic.
Thursday, she launched herself over the barricade as Benedict walked down the aisle at the start of service. As security guards wrestled her to the ground, she grabbed onto Benedict's vestments, bringing him down with her.
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