Pope Francis Stresses Security

Pope Francis has inspired admiration for his humble demeanor and friendly interactions with Catholics gathered to see him, but his personality is giving his security detail a headache.

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“There’s no doubt that each time he does something like that the risks for him are increased,” said Massimo Blanco, president of Italy’s National Association of Public and Private Security Experts. “It’s much harder to protect someone who follows his own script and who loves public contact than it is someone who stays behind the barriers and keeps a certain distance,” Blanco said.

Vatican officials will not discuss the topic on the record. But outside security experts say that Vatican security has improved dramatically. The pope’s security details are among the best trained in the world, employing new technologies ranging from video surveillance to databases of potential suspects, security experts say.

Source Usa Today, WSNF, Osservatore Romano

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