Man Tries To Jump In Popemobile Jeep

There has now been a second attempt to get at a Pope, according to CBS/AP:

A man tried to jump into Pope Benedict XVI’s uncovered popemobile as the pontiff began his general audience Wednesday and held onto it for a few seconds before being wrestled to the ground by security officers.

The Pope was not hurt in any way and continued to hold the audience as if nothing happened, reports CBS News correspondent Sabina Castelfranco.

At least eight security officers who were trailing the vehicle as it moved slowly through the square grabbed the man and wrestled him to the ground. The pope didn’t even look back.

The man “looked a little crazy,” said the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman. He said the man was being held for questioning by Vatican police.

The man, a 27-year-old German whose name was not released, was wearing a pink T-shirt and dark shorts, a beige baseball cap and sunglasses. He appeared to have vaulted himself up and over the barricade from the second or third row back. He got as far as the back of the jeep, holding onto it for a few seconds, before being wrestled to the ground.

This undescores a fact of 20th century and 21st century life: celebrated persons — politicos, religious leaders, even rock stars — are constantly at risk when they appear in public. Heavy security around them may be bothersome — but it’s definitely necessary.

  • Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

    I looked at the film, and have to look at it again, but it appears the man was either an overly enthusiastic pilgrim who may have climbed up to have a better look and fell, or he may have been a not well person who, who knows wanted to ride in the back of the white popemobile. He was jumped on by several black suited men immediately. It is true that the Pope did not look back at what was happening, in fact, it appeared that he was so intent on what he was doing, gretting pilgrims, he didn’t even know the ruckus was going on, which seemed amazing in itself. But, I have to look at the film again. I wonder what the followup to the story will be. JP Squared met with people who tried to harm him.