Posts Tagged ‘security’

Pope tells security not to worry about unscheduled visit Comments 0

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Pope Francis brushed aside security considerations to make an unscheduled visit to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. After the Pope had been to the dentist on Wednesday, he said he had the idea to visit the commission. A security officer told Pope the visit would be “very complicated”. Francis replied by calmly saying, “I Read more

Poland and US organizers working to ensure safety of World Youth Day pilgrims Comments 0

Friday, April 1st, 2016

World Youth Day organizers in the United States and Poland remain in touch with diplomatic and security officials in their respective countries to ensure that pilgrims will remain safe during the festival of faith in late July. Security is expected to be extremely tight in Krakow, Poland, the WYD host city, as authorities in both Read more

Extra security for Pope after Paris attacks Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Pope Francis’s personal security detail was nearly doubled at his general audience on Wednesday in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. Francis was surrounded by nearly 20 dark-suited bodyguards during his tour through St Peter’s Square aboard his open-sided popemobile, more than the normal 12 who usually jog alongside him. At each of the Read more

Plan for UK religious leader register to counter extremism Comments 0

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Priests, rabbis, imams and other British religious leaders will be subject to Government-specified training and security checks according to a new proposal. Such religious leaders could also have to enrol in a “national register of faith leaders”, as part of the UK Government’s new counter-extremism strategy. A leaked draft of the strategy from the Home Read more

Pope Francis acknowledges he could be assassinated Comments 0

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

ISIS threat to Vatican real, but no sign of attack plans Comments 0

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The head of Vatican security says ISIS militants have threatened the Vatican, but there is no sign of any planned attack. The commander of the Vatican gendarmes, Domenico Giani, said security patrols of the Vatican perimeter are always on high guard. “There are not only the threats of the Islamic State, but also the risk Read more

ISIS militants vow that Rome will be on their hit list Comments 0

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Militants claiming loyalty to the Islamic State (ISIS) have declared that they intend to conquer Rome. The warning came in a video apparently showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians next to the Mediterranean Sea in Libya. In the video, an English-speaking militant said they are sending a message “from the south of Rome”. At Read more

‘Free thinkers’ target security risks Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A “group of free thinkers” has been chosen to detect unseen threats to New Zealand’s national security, advising the Prime Minister of danger before it arrives. The chief executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Andrew Kibblewhite, said members of the group had been selected for their areas of expertise. “They’re a group Read more

No extra security for papal trips despite assassination threats Comments 0

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

Surprises expected on Pope’s WYD visit to Brazil Comments 0

Friday, July 19th, 2013

No matter how well it has been planned, the July 22-28 visit of Pope Francis to Brazil for World Youth Day is sure to be “a bit of an adventure” because the Pope is “full of surprises”, according to the papal spokesman. Reflecting the simplicity and humility that has characterised his pontificate, the Pope’s WYD Read more