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Vatican, Rome under heavy security during Easter Triduum

March 25, 2016

The City of Rome has redoubled security precautions in the wake of the Brussels bombings, with special vigilance around the Vatican during the Easter Triduum.

Police have announced that sensitive areas throughout the city are under 24-hour surveillance, and the 150,000 people who are expected at the Vatican for Easter celebrations will be required to pass through extra screening at they enter St. Peter's Square. Law-enforcement officials in Rome have called upon military units to reinforce the police presence. 

However, the Vatican has denied that Italian police will be on patrol inside the Vatican during the Easter Triduum, alongside the Vatican's own gendarmarie. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that although there is close cooperation between the Vatican security officials and their Italian counterparts, "this statement has no foundation." 


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