Friday, December 25, 2009

B16 - 'Knocked Down'

What the heck happened to security!!

Prayer for 82 year old Pope Benedict XVI and 87 year old French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray who has a fractured hip.

Pope delivers Christmas blessing after fall

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI delivered his traditional Christmas Day blessing Friday, looking tired and unsteady but otherwise fine hours after being knocked down by a woman who jumped the barrier at the start of Mass in St. Peter's Basilica.

The Vatican said the 82-year-old Benedict was unhurt in the fall and that his busy Christmas schedule would remain unchanged.

French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, an 87-year-old Vatican diplomat, fractured his hip in the commotion and will be operated on at Rome's Gemelli hospital, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.


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