Pope meets, forgives woman who knocked him down

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI met Wednesday with the woman who knocked him over during Christmas Eve Mass and forgave her, the Vatican said.

Susanna Maiolo, a 25-year-old with a history of psychiatric problems, and her family met in a private audience with the pope at the end of his general audience, Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

Maiolo told the pontiff she was sorry for what had happened, while Benedict inquired about her health and “wanted to demonstrate his forgiveness,” Lombardi said.

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