Friday, August 29, 2014

Is The Islamic State Plotting To Kill Pope Francis?

Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot to Kill The Pope -- Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast

Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is “in the crosshairs” of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security.

VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the “Caliphate,” ISIS, or ISIL), there is increasing concern for the pontiff’s—and the public’s—safety.

Earlier this week, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is “in the crosshairs” of ISIS for “bearing false witness” against Islam. Citing anonymous sources within Italy’s intelligence community and pointing to notable heightened security in Rome, the paper went on to say that ISIS plans to heat things up by “raising the level of confrontation” with Europe, Italy and very specifically Pope Francis, the “greatest exponent of the Christian religions.” The Vatican downplayed the concerns, calling them unfounded despite growing concern in Italy that it is not just the Pope who is under threat. “There is nothing serious to this,” Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told Catholic News Agency. “There is no particular concern in the Vatican.”

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More News On Reports That The Islamic State Is Plotting To Kill Pope Francis

Report: Pope Francis Is ‘In The Crosshairs Of ISIS’ -- CBS/AP
Italy ramps up security over Islamic State’s threat to Pope Francis -- Washington Times
Is Pope Francis The Next ISIS Target? -- Inquisitr
Pope Francis ISIS Threat Denied by Vatican, But Security Tightens -- Newsmax
ISIS Threat Against Pope ‘Nothing Serious’, Says Vatican -- Newsweek

My Comment: When Pope Francis condemned The Islamic State's brutal treatment of minorities .... he became a target in their eyes. I would take these threats very seriously.

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