Leader: Terrorists Planned To Attack Vatican On Christmas

Las Vegas. Rappahannock. Vatican?

“A hijacked plane into the Vatican,” Berlusconi is quoted as saying. “An attack from the sky, is that clear? The threat of terrorism is very high in this instant. I passed Christmas Eve in Rome to deal with the situation. Now I feel calm. It will pass.”

He added, “It isn’t fatalism, but the knowledge of having our guard up. If they organized this, they will not pull it off.”

Berlusconi gave no further details in the interview about who the intended hijackers were, where the information came from and how the attack was thwarted.

Security has been tightened around the Vatican in recent weeks amid reports that churches could become terrorist targets. During Christmas celebrations, Italian police guarded the perimeter of the vast St. Peter’s Square and pilgrims entering the basilica passed through metal detectors.

The Vatican refused Saturday to respond to questions about a possible Christmas threat.

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