Pope Bounces Back, Visits Soup Kitchen
Security heavy for first trip since Christmas Eve attack
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2009 4:48 PM CST
In this photo released by the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper, Pope Benedict XVI, in white in foreground, arrives at a lunch in a soup kitchen in Rome, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, HO)
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(Newser) – On his first trip outside the Vatican since being knocked to the ground in a Christmas Eve incident at St. Peter's, Pope Benedict XVI visited a soup kitchen in Rome today. The pontiff, 82, was unharmed when a woman vaulted a barrier and accosted him before Mass. Today he mingled with an appreciative crowd and distributed Christmas gifts to children at the institution, which serves the homeless, reports the Telegraph.