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Italian Officials Feared Terrorist Attack on Vatican

On Christmas Eve, hours before Pope John Paul II was to say midnight Mass, the highest officials of Italian government met to assess intelligence reports about potential terror attacks, possibly including one on the Vatican, a city official close to the mayor said Saturday. The official said that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, attended the meeting, along with other senior city and state officials. “They decided on how best to deal with it,” said the official, who spoke on condition that he would not be identified. He would not comment on what measures were taken, nor did he say whether there were specific threats made against the Vatican. The meeting was only the latest example of the increased vigilance in Europe over the holiday season. Full Story

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