Philippines Beefs Up Security for Pope Visit After Paris Attack

January 15, 2015 3:28 AM

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Philippines Beefs Up Security for Pope Visit After Paris Attack

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Sydney have prompted Philippine authorities to beef up security for Pope Francis, who arrives in Asia’s most-Catholic country today, where he is expected to attract crowds in the millions.

The Philippines has good reason to be nervous: Assassination attempts were made on two previous pontiffs in past visits. In 1970, a Bolivian artist tried to stab Pope Paul VI on arrival at Manila’s airport, and 25 years later, Pope John Paul II avoided a bomb attack in the city.

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