In 2009 on the Christmas Eve Mess Pope Benedict XVI was dragged to the ground by a woman, who was later identified as Susanna Maiolo, 25, having tried to attack the pontiff the year before too. The attack was fairly harmless, and the woman was taken to a mental hospital. Not every attack against a pontiff ended well, however. Pope John Paul II for example was shot four times in St Peter’s Square in May 1981 by a Turkish man. In 1970 Pope Paul VI was almost stabbed by an artist in Manila, Philippines. 22 years later, on 12 May 1982, a former Roman Catholic priest named Juan María Fernández y Krohn tried to stab Pope John Paul II with a bayonet.
oil and oil pastel on canvas, 70X100cm