Pope Benedict was unfortunately attacked and knocked down by a woman before the Christmas Eve mass at St Peter's Basilica – he was unhurt, and completed the ceremony.
The woman, said to be mentally unstable, managed to grab him by his vestments near the neck as a security guard tried to overwhelm her.
The Vatican said she had also tried to jump at the Pope last year. French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 87, was standing a few metres away and fell and broke his leg during the incident.
In a sign of the times the event was captured instantly by one of the millions of phone cameras that are part of our lives....