Despite proceeding with the mass Benedict XVI appeared somewhat affected by the incident leaning heavily on aides and an armrest as he sat down.
Addressing worshippers the Pope said:
“Selfishness, both of the individual and the group, keeps us captives to our own interests and desires, which contrast with the truth and end up dividing us.’‘
The Pontiff made no reference to the incident during the service.
Outside the basilica one eyewitness described what he saw:
“A young lady jumped over the barrier and seemed to have been pulled away and at that point she kind of lunged her arms out and grabbed on to the Pope and that is when they all went down together.”
Earlier, the pope lit a candle in front of well wishers outside the window of his apartment in the Vatican.