Vatican terror threat thwarted?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Dec 27, 2003

According to an AP story, Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that terrorists planned to crash a plane into the Vatican on Christmas Day.

The story seems a bit fuzzy; Italian officials say that Berlusconi's statement was not official (whatever that means). But it matches what we had heard eariler: that the Israeli Mossad had warned about a terrorist threat against a high-profile Christian target.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: ILM - Dec. 29, 2010 5:52 PM ET USA

    Thank you, Diogenes, for what you give us every day.

  • Posted by: doceo4186 - Dec. 24, 2010 8:01 PM ET USA

    OH! choke... thank you for sharing. To see the Holy Hand at work is most awesome!

  • Posted by: sarsok8679 - Dec. 24, 2010 7:17 PM ET USA

    What irony.. a great and touching story Mr Diogenes

  • Posted by: Pop - Dec. 24, 2010 5:41 PM ET USA

    Just what I needed to start Christmas.