Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Message to Stop the Violence and Revenge

Pope Benedict XVI, in a traditional message Urbi et Orbi on Christmas Day, called on the world to stop the violence and revenge. Pope's 82-year-old showed no sign of tension after a woman who 'mental instability' hit and made her fall, at Christmas Eve Mass, Thursday night.  In the Urbi et Orbi message from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, the pope urged the world to rediscover the simplicity of Christmas and read the message of Christmas greetings in 65 languages. When the Pope spoke to tens of thousands of people in the field below, the Vatican remained focused on the incident Thursday night, which again questioned, how the pope should be protected when close to the masses.

Susanna Maiolo (25 years), a citizen of Italy and Switzerland, surprising the world's Catholics and Vatican security when she suddenly jumped the security barricade at the Basilica, jumped to the Pope, took his robe and made her fall to the floor. The Vatican declared that women are psychologically 'unstable' and not armed. Maiolo then taken to a hospital in Italy for psychological treatment. Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said, Friday, that can not be super-imposed tight security for the Pope because of proximity to people is part of the mission. "It is impossible to prevent the occurrence of something, even at close range," said Lombardi told reporters.

"The Pope wants direct pastors relationship and close to the people, where he can touch the children, shaking hands, do what you want him to do and what people expect him to do," said Lombardi.  He added, "If you impose a super tight security, it is not possible. It can not be in direct contact with people, away from them, contrary to the spirit of his mission. So, therefore, there is always a risk," he said.

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