Vatican Installs Extra Security amidst ISIS Threats

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Rome has beefed up security in the wake of the Paris attacks. Officials raised the security level to the highest allowed without a direct attack on the country. The Italian government has placed 700 extra soldiers in public spaces, including St. Peter’s Square, where Pope Francis gives his weekly address. Tourists visiting Vatican City encountered heightened security checks. On Wednesday (November 18), there was extra security around Francis’s pope-mobile. Still, Francis emphasized that despite increased fears, the doors of Catholic churches around the world must remain open.