Sunday, October 23, 2011

Protester Climbs Apostolic Palace at Pope's Mass; Man Was Talked Back from the Edge of Colonnade

The Telegraph (British) website reports that Vatican security today (October 23, 2011) escorted away a man who managed to climb up top of the colonnade that runs around St. Peter's Square during a canonization mass led by Pope Benedict XVI.

The disruption came toward the end of the two-hour service when the man climbed the colonnade and then proceeded to burn a green-covered bible.

Eventually, the man was talked back from the edge of the colonnade, and was led away by Vatican security.

Pope Benedict XVI continued the mass, apparently unaware of the drama going on above him.

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