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POPE HAS CLOSE CALL WITH DEMONSTRATOR

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A fundamentalist Protestant demonstrator rushed toward Pope John Paul during an outdoor Mass on Friday, but Vatican security agents and Swedish police stopped the unarmed man and dragged him away.

Authorities hauled the man, identified only as a 28-year-old Swede, into a police van and drove him to a station for questioning, said police Inspector Ulf Ohlsson. He said no one was injured.The demonstrator belonged to a fundamentalist Protestant group that opposes the pope's efforts to improve Roman Catholic relations with the state church of this overwhelmingly Lutheran country.

Police said the protester was carrying leaflets denouncing the pope "with all his abominations" to distribute to participants at the Mass.

They said he would be released without charge and refused to disclose his name in keeping with Swedish practice.

It was not clear why the protester rushed toward the pope as John Paul disrtibuted communion.

Witnesses said four or five agents wrestled with the demonstrator, who came within 10 yards of the pope, and pulled him away from a security barrier around the altar. They pinned him to the ground until the police van arrived.

Several other fundamentalists were outside the Mass. The Maranata group, which sometimes calls the pope's teachings "fascist," says no church, or the pope, is needed to speak to God - just the Bible.