Philippines Beefs Up Security for Pope Visit After Paris Attack

January 15, 2015 3:28 AM

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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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