Pope Meets, Forgives Female Assailant

Benedict offers 'best wishes' for Susanna Maiolo's health
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2010 11:44 AM CST

(Newser) – The pope met today with Susanna Maiolo, the mentally distressed woman who tackled him to the ground on Christmas Eve. The Vatican says Maiolo “apologized for what happened” during a “brief private meeting” in which Benedict showed “her his forgiveness.” He also “expressed his interest and best wishes,” the Telegraph notes. Though she has the pope’s forgiveness, she may still face charges from the Vatican court. (Read more Pope Benedict XVI stories.)

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