Ya gotta hand it to the Italians! They never give up in the face of defending their homeland, religious foundation and their culture. It makes you wonder if American government would have the tenacity and fortitude to do the same for the U.S.
In 2010 an Al Qaeda terrorist cell planned to bomb the Vatican and killed more than 100 in a Pakistan market in 2009. At least two of the members of that terrorist cell are said to have been Usama Bin Laden’s body guards.
FOX news reported Italian security forces have apprehended 9 of the suspects and are in hot pursuit of the remaining 9.
It is suspected the Vatican attack was prompted by Pope Benedict XVI’s speech to 2006 speech in Germany in which he characterized Mohammed as “evil and inhuman,” particularly “his command to spread by the sword the faith.”
While relations with the Muslim world were eventually repaired, tensions flared again in 2011 when Cairo’s al-Azhar institute, the pre-eminent theological school of Sunni Islam, suspended interfaith talks with the Vatican after Benedict called for greater protections for Egypt’s minority Christians.
Even though the passage of time has smoothed over some of Italy’s relations with the Muslim world, Italian officials have stood their ground on the seriousness of threats against the seat of Christianity.
More recently, Italian officials have made clear they take seriously the threat of the Islamic State group to conquer Rome and the seat of Christianity. Security has been beefed up at the Vatican and the head of the Swiss Guards has said they are ready but that they have no information about an imminent threat. Still, Pope Francis himself has said he realizes he may be a target but that he fears mostly for the innocent crowds who come to see him every time he’s in public.
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