Pope Benedict forgives Christmas Eve attacker Susanna Maiolo

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The Vatican said the pontiff had “a brief private meeting” with Susanna Maiolo where she “apologised for what happened”.

A statement said: “For his part, the Pope wanted to show her his forgiveness.”

Maiolo, a 25-year-old Swiss-Italian, stunned pilgrims on Christmas Eve when she leaped over a security barricade and dragged the 82-year-old pontiff to the floor. The Pope was unhurt in the attack.

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