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Just Thinking About Security

January 13, 2015

Religion News Service is reporting:

imageVATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Monday (Jan. 12) rejected reports that it could be the next target of Islamist terrorists after last week’s deadly attacks in France.

The move came as Pope Francis called for a “unanimous” global response to the self-declared Islamic State as he left on his first official visit to the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Israeli state TV reported Sunday that U.S. intelligence services had warned the Vatican could be the next terrorist target, as international leaders joined an estimated 2 million people in a massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris.

But the Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, on Monday said the Holy See had received no specific threats.

[ . . . ]

Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano and senior Italian police said there was no evidence of a particular threat at the Vatican but stressed that the tiny city state was on high alert, especially following persistent threats from the Islamic State.

Security has also been beefed up in Rome’s Jewish quarter, in front of media outlets and places of worship, and at popular tourist sites across the country.

And what is being done for the Shroud Exposition, April 19 through June 24, in Turin?  How much concern will there be among pilgrims and tourists to this major event? 

Picture from the blog Casa Isonzo, April 16, 2010.

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  1. piero
    January 16, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I think that Turin has a different situation compared to Rome.

    In any case I think has already been taken “into due consideration”
    in this blog, the attempt of a dialogue with Islam (= Co.Re.Is…
    Which, however, does not represent all Muslims in Italy …) implemented
    by Msgr. Ghiberti. Unfortunately our own dialogue was not very fruitful…
    — —
    Today I have read an article (Newspaper source = “Corriere della Sera”) titled:
    Terrorismo: compare il Colosseo sul sito online dell’Isis
    La scritta: «Domani il Corano a Roma come a Parigi». Lo rende noto il sito Wikilao
    Rough translation =
    Terrorism: the Coliseum appears on the site online Isis. The inscription: “Tomorrow the Koran in Rome as in Paris.” This was announced by the site Wikilao

    ROMA – Sono molti gli avvertimenti minacciosi per l’Italia comparsi sul web all’indomani delle azioni in Francia dei fratelli Kouachi e di Amedy Coulibaly, alcuni dei quali esaminati con particolare attenzione dagli 007…
    Rough translation =
    ROME – Many warnings threatening Italy appeared on the web in the aftermath of the shares in France brothers Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly, some of which have been examined with particular attention by the 007 agents…
    — — —
    Here what appeared in the past (= last year),
    posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 04:17 PM

    >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.” … …
    — —
    Here another question:

    Manfredonia, nasce il premio “Je Suis Charlie” = “Vietate le vignette contro le religioni”
    Fa discutere il regolamento del concorso “Carnevale in satira” dedicato alla rivista parigina colpita dall’attacco del 7 gennaio.

    Rough translation:
    Manfredonia, founded the prize “Je Suis Charlie” = “Prohibited cartoons against religions”
    Debates on regulation about competition “Carnival in satire” dedicated to the Parisian magazine affected by the attack of 7 January.

    Link:
    http://www.tgcom24.mediaset.it/cronaca/puglia/manfredonia-nasce-il-premio-je-suis-charlie-vietate-le-vignette-contro-le-religioni-_2089721-201502a.shtml

    The Carnival of Manfredonia, now in its 62nd edition, will start on 17 January.
    But there is time until February 13 to try to win the first “Award Carnival Satire: Je Suis Charlie”.
    — — — **** — — —
    In Conclusion …
    …But who would have an interest in destroying
    that Ancient Linen cloth?
    I don’t know.
    What are your views on the problem of security?

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