Thursday, January 22, 2015

Pope Sees "Shadows and Dangers" of an IS Attack; Speaking Against IS Could Lead to Vatican Attack

Pope Francis today (January 22, 2015) told Italian police officers in charge of security around the Vatican that he saw "shadows and dangers," but urged them not to give in to fear, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

"On the horizon we see shadows and dangers which worry humanity," he said in the wake of an increase in security around the Vatican amid intelligence information indicating that Islamic State (IS) extremists may be plotting to attack the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Some worry Pope Francis has made himself a target by speaking out against the Islamic State group and having the Holy See voice support for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

Italy's interior minister this month said police were on high alert in key locations across Rome and around the Vatican after the Paris attacks by Islamic fanatics.

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