Rome has heightened security after an Italian news report states Pope Francis may be in danger.
Pope Francis is on the ISIS watch list, according to Italian newspaper Il Tempo. Security has been heightened in Rome while ISIS is suspected to shift their focus to Europe to “raise the level of confrontation.”
ISIS feels Pope Francis has inaccurately represented Islam, yet ISIS is not a true representation of Islam itself, rather an extremist take.
However, Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi denies there’s any threat or credibility to the information coming from Israeli sources. “There is nothing serious to this,” he said to Catholic News Agency.
Regardless, a nationwide warning has been sent out.
Read the full report here, and The Daily Beast’s report here.