A German man leapt over a security barrier and tried to jump into Benedict XVI's popemobile during his general audience in St Peter's Square yesterday,. The 27-year-old man was wrestled to the ground by around eight security officers. The Holy Father was not injured and did not seem to notice the incident. He proceeded with the audience as normal. The man, who was wearing a pink T-shirt, black shorts and a baseball cap was later questioned by Vatican police before being taken to hospital to be assessed in a psychiatric ward. Describing the man as "mentally unstable" Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said: "His aim was not an attempt on the Pope's life, but to attract attention to himself."
UK & Ireland
Justice, Peace & Environment
Youth & Young Adults
Arts (Events, Shows & Exhibitions)
Obituaries & Tributes
Saint of the Day
St Peter and Paul
Are you sure you want to delete this article? This can't be undone.