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Stunning video of attack on pope

With a huge h/t to American Papist, who touts this as an exclusive. Take a look. It happens at about the :48 mark.

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posted December 25, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Wow. Special kind of crazy, right there. And in this Youtube culture, how much do you want to bet that this gets duped 50 times and set to wacky music?
By midnight tonight, someone will have added “Yakety Sax” (Benny Hill theme) to this video… sick world.

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posted December 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm

My money is on His Holiness for the rematch. Nobody dumps an alum of the Hitler-Jugen and gets away with it!. The miter is coming off, and it’s on! He’s going to go 1944 on her a**!

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posted December 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm

It was a rematch. According to the BBC, she tried the same stunt in 2008.

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posted December 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm

It’s nothing to joke about. If you can’t find a bit of compassion in your heart about this attack on the Holy Father, whom we consider Peter the Apostle, at least refrain from guffawing over the attack on a man in his 80s and the serious injury as a result of a man who is close to 90.

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posted December 25, 2009 at 4:53 pm

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the security around the pope. This woman apparently tried to do the same thing last year, and obviously the security services do not have the ability to keep her out of a papal mass.
It’s easy to get all outraged and talk about incompetence, but perhaps this is a conscious choice on the Holy Father’s part to prevent papal masses and other events from turning into a high security garrison…

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posted December 25, 2009 at 9:48 pm

This reminds me of the Bush shoe thrower. People get passionate and obsessed. Sometimes thier beliefs and intents can be correct, but any sort of violent acts never are. This should include any sort of warfare or torture done by any country. I’d like to see the Pope speak out more against violence and speak toward inclusion, tolerance, and coexistance.

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posted December 25, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Boy, she was quick for a girl, but that guard or security man was quicker. She did not knock Pope Benedict down, she pulled him down when the security man pulled her down. And someone else, a bishop who was trying to grab the pope to keep him steady was also pulled down.
We do not know what the disturbed girl was actually intending to do. She may not have intended an attack. I do not see women “attacking” men in such a fashion
I do not condemn her. Hopefully she can be made well, God willing

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posted December 26, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Goodguyex has a good eye: that’s exactly what happened.
A vulnerable pope is more Christlike, imo, but it’d be a shame if this story were allowed to overshadow the day.

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Padre Steve

posted December 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Have you seen this:
The calmness of the faithful is amazing. We are blessed to have this holy man for our Pope!

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posted December 26, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Completely off-topic… Happy St. Stephan’s Day to Deacon Greg and all of our other Deacon readers and commenters.

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Laura B

posted December 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I honestly just can’t believe that someone would do this. What I find even more unbelievable is the way someone even managed to get this close to the Pope!

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