VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has created three new saints for the Catholic Church during a Mass in St. Peter’s Square that was disrupted by a man who climbed up to the colonnade surrounding the square and burned a book.
Vatican gendarmes, a bishop and the pope’s own bodyguard eventually talked the man down from the upper reaches of the colonnade after he shouted, “Pope, where is Christ?” in English.
The disruption came toward the end of a two-hour Mass Sunday to canonize three 19th-century founders of religious orders: Italian bishop and missionary Monsignor Guido Maria Conforti, Spanish nun Sister Bonifacia Rodriguez de Castro and an Italian priest who worked with the poor, the Rev. Luigi Guanella.
Benedict appeared unfazed by the disruption.