Vatican Acknowledges that ISIS’ Threats Against Pope Francis are Real

Vatican Acknowledges that ISIS’ Threats Against Pope Francis are Real March 3, 2015
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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Edgar Jimenez https://www.flickr.com/photos/chilangoco/

Commander Domenico Giani, head of the Vatican police force says that talks he’s had with Italian and foreign colleagues have convinced him that ISIS’ threats against Pope Francis are real.

He also said that Pope Francis is “fully aware of the risk,” but that Pope Francis is “the priest who does not want to lose touch with his flock” and that is “only concern is for the faithful.”

From Breitbart:

The head of the Vatican police force, or “Gendarmerie,” Commander Domenico Giani, said this weekend that the Islamic State (ISIS) threats against Pope Francis are “real” and not just media propaganda. “This is what emerges from the talks I have had with Italian and foreign colleagues,” he said.

Threats against the Pope and the Vatican go beyond the institutional Islamic State, said Giani, and extend to the risk of lone wolves, “which are more dangerous because they are unpredictable.”Giani has stood at the helm of the Vatican police for the past nine years, but he now faces an especially tense period in the face of the dramatic news coming from the Middle East and North Africa and explicit ISIS threats against the Pope and Rome.

According to the commander, Pope Francis is fully aware of the risk but “is not compromising the style of his pontificate, based on closeness to the people, that is, on personal contact with the greatest number of people possible.” Even as Pope, he said, Francis remains “the priest who does not want to lose touch with his flock.”


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2 responses to “Vatican Acknowledges that ISIS’ Threats Against Pope Francis are Real”

  1. I was surprised with all the reports that ISIS themselves had declared their intentions to hoist their flag in Rome that these threats were not taken seriously. Since the murder of Aldo Moro by the Red Brigade the Italians have been serious on terrorist threats. I’m glad to see this acknowledge.
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  2. I wonder if this comes as any kind of surprise to anyone. It comes with the job I think. Francis is a brave man, and maybe his experience as a bouncer will be an addition asset toward his security when mingling with the crowds! Hopefully not.