October 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Vatican security on Sunday escorted away a man who managed to climb up on top of the colonnade that runs around St Peter’s Square during a canonisation mass led by Pope Benedict XVI.
The Telegraph reports (and has a video):
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.
At one point, the man was heard yelling out “Hey Pope, where is Christ?” in English.
Vatican security and officials tried to talk the man into ending his disturbance.
At one point they were joined by a bishop who leant over the railing next to the security guards, gesturing to the man to come towards him.
Eventually, the man was talked back from the edge of the colonnade.
After he climbed over the railing, he was led away by Vatican security.
Pope Benedict XVI continued the mass apparently unaware of the drama going on above him.
He proceeded to canonise three 19th-century founders of religious orders: Italian bishop and missionary Monsignor Guido Maria Conforti, Spanish nun Sister Bonifacia Rodriguez de Castro and an Italian priest who worked with the poor, the Reverend Luigi Guanella
AP has the news with some more pics here.