CARIBBEAN360 – As Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of the prince of peace, the pope is refusing to wear a bullet-proof vest for his Christmas address despite warnings by the police that he is an ISIS target.
Pope Francis’ spokesman said the pontiff was aware of the threats but was “not afraid” of Daesh and refused to have alterations made to his Popemobile to protect himself during this year’s Christmas Day message, according to Express.co.uk.
The radical Islamist terrorist organisation has released a string of videos threatening to launch Paris-style attacks on Rome and Francis is considered a specific target as head of the Catholic Church, Express.co.uk reports.
Italian media have also given prominence to warnings from ISIS propagandists that they will come to Rome and plant their flag on the top of St Peter’s.
The Italian police have advised the Argentine pontiff to boost security in light of the threats, but he has refused to change his relaxed style of leadership.