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Caption: Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as Pope Francis arrives at an event in the Philippines earlier this year. 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/Paul Haring)
Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican police force, keeps watch as Pope Francis arrives at an event in the Philippines earlier this year. 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/Paul Haring)
Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

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.
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 39 (March. 5, 2015):

-- The Catholic bishops of England and Wales give top priority to the defense of human life in guidance they offer Catholic voters preparing for the general election in the United Kingdom.

-- Supporters of physician-assisted suicide "argue that dignity is found in giving people the right to choose life or death. But dignity is not simply about control; it is about care," says Canadian Archbishop Martin W. Currie of St. John's, Newfoundland.

-- Preaching, formation and religious instruction must attract, engaging the faith with the struggles and challenges of daily life while offering hope, vision and fresh strength, and drawing people to a wholly new way of life rather than a set of rules, says Baltimore's Archbishop William E. Lori.

-- How was communion exercised among early Christian communities? Would restoring the relationships that existed prior to the fifth century be sufficient to restore full sacramental communion among those communities today? The Catholic-Oriental Orthodox dialogue group examines these questions.


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