facebook
twitter
search
search

Pope's guards stop man from boarding jeep

June 6, 2007 at 1:00 PM

VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- The bodyguards of Pope Benedict XVI stopped a man Wednesday who attempted to board the religious leader's jeep as it moved through Vatican City.

While the Vatican denied the unarmed man intended to harm the Pope, it did say that the 26-year-old German citizen showed "clear signs of derangement" while attempting to climb aboard the vehicle, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

"He was just trying to draw attention to himself," the Vatican said.

Yet with the incident drawing comparisons to the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, the bodyguards took no chances in restraining the man.

That attack, also in St. Peter's Square, on the previous pope left the spiritual leader seriously wounded. Turkish citizen Mehmet Ali Agca was convicted of the assault.

ANSA reported the assailant in Wednesday's incident was taken to a regional psychiatric hospital.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Joel Osteen heckled, 6 arrested during service at Houston megachurch
Ghost hunters discover woman's body at abandoned Mississippi hospital
Export-Import Bank ends operations as Congress failed to reauthorize
Walmart sorry for making Islamic State cake after rejecting Confederate flag cake
Obama signs fast-track trade, worker assistance bills into law