Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

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March 2, 2015

Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Manila, Philippines

Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass with bishops, priests and members of religious orders in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, in this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo. Giani said that he is not aware of any plans to attack the Vatican or the pope although Islamic State militants have made general threats. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack.

The Vatican gendarmes, Swiss Guards and the Italian state police that patrol the perimeter of Vatican City State are always on high alert, said Domenico Giani, the commander of the gendarme and the pope’s chief bodyguard.

“There are not only the threats of the Islamic State, but also the risk of action by individuals, which is more dangerous because it is unpredictable,” he said in an interview for the March edition of Polizia Moderna, the monthly magazine of the Italian state police.

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