Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Have a blessed Christmas!

May the birth of the Prince of Peace remind the world where its true happiness lies; and may your hearts be filled with hope and joy, for the Saviour has been born for us. The Pope’s English greeting

Pope Benedict XVI was attacked during Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. by Susanna Maiolo, a 25-year-old Swiss national from the Ticino region

Despite the attack the pontiff decided to continue the midnight mass services. Although noticeably shaken, he still delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” speech. In this years speech he mentioned the current financial crisis, conflicts in Africa and Israel, and the state of the Christian minority in Iraq.

French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, an 87-year-old Vatican diplomat, fractured his hip in the commotion and will be operated upon at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tnmbmNiyPY

You can see a picture of Susanna Maiolo here>>