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Pope Tackled on

Last Second Hail Mary

12/25/2009 11:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Pope Benedict XVI took a lickin' and kept on tickin' -- after a woman jumped a barrier and rushed the pontiff at the beginning of Christmas Mass.


After he was knocked to the ground, the Pope got up and kept walking -- and still delivered his annual Christmas Day blessing.

But not everyone walked away unscathed -- an 87-year-old French Cardinal who happened to be standing just a few feet from the incident fell and broke his hip amongst the chaos.

Vatican officials claim the overzealous woman appeared, "mentally unstable."

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LongJohn69    

Damn groupies!

1574 days ago
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that.is.all    

Lock that bitch up and throw away the key.

1574 days ago
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Wombat    

Why couldn't she just do what other unstable idiots do on christmas...blow her brains out.

1574 days ago
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Meghan    

So thats a one way ticket to hell, right? heh...jk.... but seriously what is WRONG with people these days? So sad the Pope has to be in the news for something so lame.

1574 days ago
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urnidoit    

The Popes going down anyway.
he was a Nazi






yes he was!

1574 days ago
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MightyMad    

... Hey, how about the security?

Someone around the Vatican should get fired over this...

1574 days ago
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dave simmons    

That same women tried jumping the barrier last year... crazzy

1574 days ago
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Chappaquiddick    

It's cool that Benedict XVI is reaching out to a new audience by having an opening act... "Holy Father and the Popettes, coming soon to a basillica near you"

As for Cardinal Frenchie, the Stuntman's Hall of Fame is calling...

1574 days ago
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mm    

All that Hitler Youth training really paid off!

1574 days ago
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Dorinha    

Even the Pope thinks James Cameron is an a-hole.

1574 days ago
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steve    

fallen idol !!!!!!! thats all.

1574 days ago
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hnguyen650@yahoo.com    

I smell conspiracy theory right here. "Vatican" officials issue that she was mentally unstable. That's a cover-up of DaVinci code proportions!! Quick, someone get Tom Hanks.

1574 days ago
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hawkeye    

ahh a true leap of faith

1574 days ago
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anotherfnday    

If he'd got shot I can see the Enquirer headlines now;
"Pontiff get's popped".......

1574 days ago
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steve    

holy father, my ass..........

1574 days ago
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