VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A man leaped over a barricade during Pope Benedict’s weekly audience on Wednesday and tried to jump on to his moving, open-topped popemobile but was stopped by guards.
It was the first serious security breach in the Vatican regarding Benedict since he was elected in April 2005. The man took the Pope’s bodyguards by surprise and managed to get to within about a meter of the Pope.
Vatican sources said the man was unarmed and did not appear to have posed a threat to the Pope, who was not aware of what was happening behind him.
Television pictures showed a man wearing a baseball cap and short pants jump out of the crowd and over a wooden barricade in St Peter’s Square as the Pope passed by on the jeep to start his weekly general audience for some 40,000 people.
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