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Bodyguards block a 27-year-old German man from leaping toward Pope Benedict XVI's jeep Wednesday at the start of his general audience in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Officials at the Vatican declined to identify the man, but the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the pope's spokesman, said the man was not armed. "He was clearly deranged but did not want to kill or harm the pope," Lombardi told reporters. "He only wanted to draw attention to himself." The assailant was taken to a hospital for psychiatric treatment. Although no one was injured, and the 80-year-old pontiff seemed unaware of the disturbance, the incident invoked memories of the assassination attempt against the pope's predecessor, Pope John Paul, in 1981 when Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca shot and seriously wounded the pope, also in St. Peter's Square.
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