Pope Francis' security will not be increased during his trip to Albania this weekend, despite alleged assassination threats by the terrorist Islamic State (IS), the Catholic News website reports today (September 17, 2014).
Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said there was "nothing serious" in the threats, which were revealed by the Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See in an interview with the Italian newspaper "La Nazione" yesterday.
Fr. Lombardi confirmed that the Pope would travel in the same open-top car he uses in St. Peter's Square in Rome while he is in Albania on September 21. He added: "There is no particular concern in the Vatican. This news has no foundation."
Habeeb Al-Sadr -- who has been the Iraqi ambassador to the Vatican since 2010 -- told the newspaper that "the threats against the Pope are credible," and warned that IS genocide of Iraqi Christians indicated their intent to wipe out Christianity.