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Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest

 
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Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
THE POPE has refused repeated requests to wear a bullet-proof vest – as he heads into a cauldron of hate in Turkey this week.

Benedict XVI, who arrives in Ankara tomorrow, is making his first visit to a Muslim country since causing uproar with controversial remarks about the prophet Mohammed.

In Istanbul yesterday, 25,000 protesters demonstrated against Tuesday’s planned four-day visit. Now, Vatican security chiefs fear that the Pope could be a genuine target for murder.

Islamic groups have threatened to assassinate the Pope if he sets foot in Turkey – he was even warned to stay away by the Turk who tried to kill Pope John Paul II in 1981.

A Vatican source said: "Security staff suggested to the Holy Father that for safety’s sake he should consider wearing a bullet proof vest but he dismissed the idea immediately.

"The five cardinals accompanying him on the visit were advised to wear one but have also dismissed the idea.

"The protection teams are worried and are bringing in extra agents to look after him."

In September, the German-born pontiff quoted a Byzantine emperor who had described some Islamic teachings as "evil and inhumane" – particularly a "command to spread by the sword the faith".

At his Sunday midday service in Rome, the Pope told the congregation that he felt "deep emotion" over the coming trip.

He said: "I want to send a cordial greeting to the dear Turkish people, rich in history and culture. To these people and their representatives, I express feelings of esteem and sincere friendship."

But the Pope’s earlier remarks on Islam had set off a wave of anti-Vatican protests across the Muslim world, including Turkey.

He was recently warned by Mehmet Ali Agca – who shot the late Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Square in Rome 25 years ago – to cancel the visit.

Agca, now in a Turkish jail for murdering a journalist, said: "As a man who knows these things, I say your life is in danger. Don’t come to Turkey."

Agca has never explained why he shot John Paul II – who visited him in jail, forgave him, and died last year. As the anti-Pope protest grew in Istanbul yesterday, 4,000 officers backed by riot trucks, armoured vehicles and helicopters kept watch.

The demonstration was organised by a pro-Islamic political party called Felicity whose leaders have said they were offended by Benedict’s comments. Protesters carried posters urging the Pope not to come.

More than 10,000 police will be on duty for the visit. The papal flight will be escorted by two Turkish fighters. Snipers will be on rooftops. Bomb disposal teams have been put on alert. And armed patrol boats will check the waters of the Bosphorus.
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11/27/2006 07:52 PM
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Re: Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
Well shit.

What's the worst that could happen? He could die and go to heaven?

rolleyes
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11/27/2006 09:25 PM
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Re: Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
What I find interesting is that they are boadcasting this kind of security information to the public.
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11/27/2006 09:28 PM
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Re: Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
history repeats.....
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11/27/2006 09:29 PM
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A bullet proof vest wont help him if he's shot in the head. I would worry more if he came back to life after 3 and 1/2 days. damned
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Re: Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
What I find interesting is that they are boadcasting this kind of security information to the public.
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Don't think the rags can pull this off w/o an inside job, ala JFK.
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11/27/2006 09:30 PM
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I have a very bad feeling about this trip of his...

Turkey...'Pope motel'...popes check in, but they don't check out.
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They'll arm him with a uzi that has a high powered pope scope on it.
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I was reading the book about the assassination of the lincoln guy...

It is very interesting...

Wilkes was a famous actor who had permission to walk freely through the theater...he walked right into Lincolns area...
I bet that's the kind of thing that we would see here...like a hotel valet or something like that.
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11/27/2006 10:00 PM
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Re: Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
What if the son of the first assassin attacked the pope...
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11/27/2006 10:03 PM
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Well, thats an important peice of info now isnt it. Or its propaganda so a potential sniper might go for the heart instead of the head.
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She's a rebel's forgotten son,
An export of the revolution.
She is the first voice of the last ones in the line.
She'll drag the lake to keep the vendetta alive.
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11/27/2006 10:07 PM
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Re: Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
Whatever happened to Sharon? Is he still not dead?
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11/27/2006 10:11 PM
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What good it does for the media to spread these info around eh?

I think the Pope know better than anyone the risk he is takin by going there, and why he goes there then? is really that much important to go in that place?.
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11/27/2006 10:12 PM
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If he gets rubbed out it will certainly spice things up.
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11/27/2006 10:13 PM
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The Pope has nothing to fear, if he's truly a man of God.
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11/28/2006 07:51 AM
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So many distractions, so little time.
to herd or not to herd
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11/28/2006 07:54 AM
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Re: Pope: I won't wear a bullet-proof vest
But, but, and but... does he still get to ride around in his Pope mobile?


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