Saturday, December 26, 2009

There sure are a lot of crazy people in Italy

Yesterday, a crazy lady knocked down Pope Benedict XVI at the beginning of Midnight Mass. This makes the second time in less than a month that some crazy person attacked a public figure in Italy.

It kind of makes you wonder how can the great European socialized medicine scheme not be able to cure all the crazy people roaming the streets? At least the public figures have to deal with the system's shortcomings just like everybody else.

Thank goodness the Pontiff was not hurt.

UPDATE: This same nut tried to attack the pope in 2008.
FOX News reported:

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.
Benedict appeared a bit unsteady as he approached his chair on the loggia overlooking St. Peter’s Square to deliver his traditional Christmas blessing and was steadied by an attendant.
But he then spread open his arms, blessed the crowd and delivered his “Urbi et Orbi” speech, Latin for “To the city and the world,” without any problem. He followed with Christmas greetings in 65 different languages that drew sustained cheers and chants from the crowd…
Lombardi identified the woman who toppled Benedict as Susanna Maiolo, 25, a Swiss-Italian national with psychiatric problems. He said Maiolo, who was not armed, was taken to a clinic for necessary treatment.
She was the same woman involved in a similar incident at last year’s Midnight Mass, Vatican officials said. In that case, Maiolo jumped the barricade but never managed to reach the pope and was quietly tackled by security.
You’d think they would have kept an eye out for this crazed woman before the service. You’d think.


Osumashi Kinyobe said...

Europe is filled with all sorts of crazy people.
Apparently this woman doesn't know who His Holiness works for.

Clifton B said...


"Apparently this woman doesn't know who His Holiness works for."

LOL, that is a good line!

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