A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday. 2 Americans, Marybeth Burns and Steve Burns, captured that moment on their cameras.
It's difficult to know the woman's motivation. It may have been her intention to assault the pope, for religious or personal reasons, or maybe she expected some miracle if she could only touch this religious figure.
There are some people who think that the pope is the antichrist (see Jack Chick), some people who think he is God's representative on earth.