His remarks came after renewed threats against Rome by supporters of the Islamic State group following the Barcelona attack.
Commander Christoph Graf told Swiss Catholic website cath.ch this week that “perhaps it is only a question of time before an attack like that happens in Rome. But we are ready also for this.”
Authorities have long considered the Vatican a potential target, and security around the city-state has been increased significantly since the Year of Mercy launched in November 2015. The main road leading up to St Peter’s Square has been closed to traffic and uniformed police are out in greater numbers. [More]