As Pope Benedict XVI circled St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City prior to his regular Wednesday general audience, a man launched himself over the barricades in an attempt to get to the Pope.

The man landed on the ground behind the open white Jeep. Security guards wrestled him into submission.

The Pope did not react to the commotion. The general audience went on as usual.

Vatican police will turn the man over to Italian authorities after questioning.

Wednesday general audiences are a regular feature of the Pope’s schedule when he is in residence in Vatican City. Transcripts of the Pope’s remarks at these audiences are posted on the Vatican’s website in Croatian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. At last week’s general audience, Benedict spoke about an early Church Father, Tertullian, who clarified and defended the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity.

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