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Pope stops popemobile to help police officer thrown from horse

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims at the general audience in St Peters Square on Oct 28 2015 Credit Bohumil Petrik CNA 10 28 15 Pope Francis greets the pilgrims at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 28, 2015. / Bohumil Petrik/ CNA.

Pope Francis stopped the ‘popemobile’ today in the streets of Iquique, Chile today, after seeing a police officer thrown from her horse as the vehicle passed her by.

The Pope was traveling in the open car after celebrating Mass, when the horse carrying mounted officer Ana Belén Aguilera Casas reared onto its hind legs, and slightly clipped the popemobile, throwing Casas to the pavement.

Casas, who is a member of the Caribineros police corps, was cared for by several colleagues and the Holy Father, who dismounted from his vehicle after it stopped.

Accompanied by his security detail, the pope hurried to where Casas sat on the pavement.

An ambulance arrived shortly thereafter to give Casas medical attention.

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