Thanks be to God, the Holy Father emerged unscathed and unharmed.
The 82-year-old pontiff was knocked to the floor as he proceeded down the main aisle for the Christmas Eve Mass. Although shaken, the Pope got to his feet and continued with the late night service. French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, 87, fractured his hip as he tried to stop the woman reaching the Pope.
So say a prayer for him and for the Holy Father! There are growing concerns that the female attacker, described as an 'unbalanced individual' tried the same stunt last Midnight Mass. Looks like a case of forgiving seven times seventy-seven times. Still, while those of us who love the Holy Father might wish security could be better, in as much as it was the same lady as last time, there is quite some merit in that! Who knows!? Maybe they'll let her into Midnight Mass next year and it'll be third time lucky and she won't lunge at His Holiness! The Holy Father lives to fight another day and we pray, years to come! Long may he reign!