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Irish security officials feared attacks during 1979 visit by Pope John Paul II

December 30, 2009

Authorities in Ireland feared that Pope John Paul II might be the target of an assassination attempt during his visit to that country in September 1979. Newly released government documents show that security was tightened around the Pontiff during that visit—which came shortly after the high-profile assassination of Lord Mountbatten, and at a time when violence in Northern Ireland was intense.


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