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The Pope’s top aids responded on Saturday to threats to the Vatican made in a new ISIS propaganda video.
According to the Catholic news website Cruxnow.com, Pope Francis’s top aid, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, spoke to reporters in Rimini, Italy.
"I saw, yes, yesterday that video that was shown on TV. Evidently, one cannot avoid worrying. Especially because of this senseless hatred that there is," he said.
Paloma García Ovejero, the Pope’s deputy spokesperson, spoke on Friday about the video, claiming that no new security measures will be taken and Pope Francis has not rearrange his schedule. “We haven’t raised the security measures because the controls are already very high. St. Peter’s Square, as pilgrims and tourists can ascertain, is always very well protected.”
The video that was published online on Friday depicts a church ransacked in Marawi, Philippines
by ISIS members while they destroy Christian symbols and tear a picture of Pope Francis. An English speaking Jihadists named Abu Jindal says to the camera, “Remember this, you kuffar [racial slur for non-muslims] - we will be in Rome, we will be in Rome, inshallah [god willing].”
Jindal added, “The crusaders' enmity toward the Muslims only served to embolden a generation of youth.” This is a reference to the Crusades, a period when Arab-Muslims tried to conquer the Byzantine Empire which is modern day Levant and Turkey. While the Arab army did have many successes, they were never able to conquer Rome and the city has become an obsession for ISIS.
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