Vatican says no extra security for pope in Albania

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Posted: Sep 15, 2014 7:50 AM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it's not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his upcoming trip to majority Muslim Albania despite reports of Islamic militants returning from the Mideast.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said Monday that Francis would use the same open-topped vehicle he uses in St. Peter's Square when he greets crowds in Tirana on Sunday.

Francis has said he wanted to visit Albania to highlight the rebirth of Christianity that was wiped out during communist rule, and to showcase how Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are working together to govern the country.

Lombardi said that while there is general concern about the Islamic State threat, "there are no specific threats or risk that would change the pope's behavior or the way the trip is organized."