Iraq’s envoy to the Vatican, Habeeb Al Sadr, believes there are “credible” and alarming “reports” that ISIS is hell-bent on assassinating Pope Francis.
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The Holy See must therefore take extraordinary measures to ensure his safety and security when he travels to Albania in a few days, he argues. The Vatican, however, has categorically dismissed such threats—and will not cancel or alter Pope Francis’ travel schedule.
The Telegraph reports:
Habeeb Al Sadr said there were also indications of a more specific threat against Pope Francis, who recently spoke out in favour of the US and its allies halting the advance of Isil in Syria and Iraq. “What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear – they want to kill the Pope.