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The moment the Pope was knocked down

The Pope was knocked down by a woman at the start of the service in St Peter's Basilica.

The woman, who is reported to be mentally unstable, jumped the security barriers as Benedict XVI entered the basilica, causing the pontiff to fall.

The Pope appeared to be unhurt and recovered to lead the Mass.

These pictures taken by a witness show the moment the incident happened.

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