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Benedict and the thousands in the square appeared unfazed by the incident and carried on with the Mass.
The disruption came toward the end of the two-hour service 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.
Immigration, energy top Swiss election agenda
BERN — Swiss citizens voting in national elections Sunday were poised to hand nationalists an unprecedented 30 percent voice, following voting dominated by concerns about immigration, nuclear power and the economy.
The Swiss People's Party was well ahead of other parties, at 29.3 percent in a recent opinion poll. It has been running campaign ads that stoke fears of immigrants spoiling an Alpine nation that’s been an oasis of relative stability within stormy Europe.
The party’s striking posters of black boots stomping on the Swiss flag with the message “Stop Mass Immigration” build on earlier graphically successful campaigns featuring white sheep kicking out a black sheep or dark hands grasping for Swiss passports.
“Because the people are the sovereign, because we have this very special [political] system, for us it’s not acceptable that we have to open the frontiers, and we have no possibility to say who can come, and under which conditions. We want to regulate this,” said Oskar Freysinger, a hard-line People's Party lawmaker.
The nationalists and centrist parties are competing with two small green parties and environmental-minded candidates of all stripes making gains amid growing anti-nuclear-power sentiment in the wake of the March disaster at Japan’s Fukushima reactor.
Turnout in Switzerland was expected to be close to 50 percent, and the results may not be known until early Monday. Runoff ballots may be needed in some of the country’s 26 cantons (states) for Senate seats.
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