While acknowledging that ISIS represents a real threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says security services have no knowledge of a planned attack.
“The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues,” said Domenico Giani, inspector general of the Corpo della Gendarmeria, the police and security service for the Vatican City State.
“At the moment, I can say that we know of no plan for an attack against the Vatican or the Holy Father,” Giani said.
The comments came in an interview with Giani in the March edition of the Italian magazine Polizia Moderna, an official publication of Italy’s state police.
The Italian government went on high alert last week after threats from the Islamic State called Italy “the nation signed with the blood of the cross.”