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ISIS threats on Vatican are ‘worrying,’ Cardinal Parolin admits

August 28, 2017

Cardinal Pietro Parolin has admitted that “one cannot avoid worrying” about the possibility of a terrorist attack on the Vatican, particularly after a new public threat in a video produced by the Islamic State.

The Vatican Secretary of State said that he had seen the video, in which an Islamic terrorist identifies the Vatican as a target. However, Cardinal Parolin said that he was not aware of any concrete new security threats.

Paloma Garcia Ovejero, the deputy director of the Vatican press office, took a similar line. “We haven’t detected any signal in the Vatican that would lead us to raise the level of concern,” she said. She said that no new security measures have been taken—largely because the level of security at the Vatican is already high.


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  • Posted by: balderdash - Aug. 29, 2017 2:39 PM ET USA

    The Vatican needs to be more vocal calling out the western alliance for its aggressive moves in the Islamic World. It is Americans in arms - expressing their Christianity in "assistance" to the Christian populations - that that jeopardized and damaged the relationship of the indigenous Christian Churches with thi Moslem neighbors. How much good, for instance, is support for the Little Sisters of Charity in Afghanistan - when that 'support' comes from a US military base? Jeopardy, ya think?