Posts Tagged ‘assassination’

Pope Francis acknowledges he could be assassinated

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has said that if he is assassinated or attacked, he has asked God to spare him physical pain. In an interview with Buenos Aires favela publication La Carcova News, the Pope said he had asked the Lord to take care of him. “But if your will is that I die or that they Read more

No extra security for papal trips despite assassination threats

Friday, September 19th, 2014

No extra security measures will be taken during upcoming trips by Pope Francis to Albania and Turkey despite alleged assassination threats. Threats to kill the Pope by the terrorist Islamic State were revealed by Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See in an interview in an Italian newspaper on Tuesday. But Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, Read more

Mob prosecutor warns Mafia ‘interested’ in Pope Francis

Friday, November 15th, 2013

One of Italy’s best known anti-mob prosecutors is warning the Mafia is considering Pope Francis as a target. Nicola Gratteri says the Mafia is upset by the Pope’s efforts to make the Church more financially transparent. For years the Mafia has laundered money and made investments, taking advantage of the connivance of the Church, he said. Gratteri’s comments Read more

Florence Archbishop escapes assassination attempt

Friday, November 11th, 2011

A faulty gun likely saved Archbishop of Florence, Giuseppe Betori from being shot on Monday, in an attack which injured his secretary, reports Associated Press. The archbishop and Fr Paolo Brogi were returning to Florence in the Archbishop’s car when the aggressor reportedly asked to speak with Betori, but the secretary who was also the Read more

John Paul II saw spiritual meaning behind assassination attempt

Friday, May 20th, 2011

On the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, historian Lucetta Scaraffia says that the late Pope believed the crime had a “profound meaning” in salvation history. He worked to shift attention towards this “transcendent reality” to find “the real reason for the event.” Bl. John Paul II’s critical stance towards Read more

Was Osama bin Laden’s assassination moral?

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Was Osama bin Laden’s assassination a moral and /or legal act? This question continues to engage the world’s news agencies and pundits. As the drama plays out and information emerges, leaders of Western democracies are generally seeing his death as justified. The innovative Huffington Post looked at the question by asking a small sampling of Read more