Italy and Vatican on guard after threat from Islamic State

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A view of St Peter's Square from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

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A view of St Peter's Square from the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

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(ROME) The video threat, released with images of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who were beheaded this month, warned that Islamic State forces were "south of Rome," in Libya. At its closest point, Libya is little more than 100 miles from the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

  • Fran

    Don’t worry, Mr. Tivoli, Italian tour guide, who said “You can’t live your whole life in fear.”

    You, and the rest of us on this planet soon won’t have to worry about fear any longer when God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44) puts an end to ALL wicked ones on the planet (Isaiah 11:4; Psalm 37:10,11).

    There will be no reason for fear or pain any more since all these terrible people and conditions we now deal with will be things of the past (Revelation 21:3-4).

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  • Aloka

    Yes. If the vatican is taken, then the person taking it controls the world. Who owns the crown of the world ?

  • DeaconJohnM.Bresnahan

    Westerners have been hoodwinked by bogus histories like one that calls the conquest and subjugation of Spain by Moslems the “ornament of the world.” When the truth is Islam repeatedly and regularly tried to conquer Europe until it was defeated at Tours in France (after overrunning Spain) and defeated later in Vienna and at the naval battle of Lepanto. But all the media does is attack the Crusades and ignore all the times Islam tried to conquer “Rome.” (Europe) I venture to say most reporters covering these issues have never heard of the battles of Tours, Lepanto,or Vienna that saved Europe.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    AMEN, Deacon! The naval Battle of Lepanto alone should open the eyes of the media “experts.”

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  • Deacon,

    “Hoodwinked by bogus histories..”

    Excuse me?

    All religions demand death to the enemy.
    “Execute my enemies in front of me” – JESUS (Luke 19:27)

    You cannot blame Muslim Militants for simply following their Faith:
    “Slay the infidel wherever you find him” – ALLAH (Surah 9:2)

    Why they are wrong? They have no evidence
    for their imaginary God either.

    Religion is just pretending your secret friend is bigger than the other person’s secret friend:

    “I shall kill her children with death” – JESUS (Rev. 2:23)

    Right, Jesus.
    But only if you can find some humans to actually do it for you! (Luke 19:27)

  • Religion is only an idea.

    People can abandon ideas.
    People should abandon bad ideas.

  • Sarah

    Fran is more than correct. When Babylon the Great (the world empire of false religion) is destroyed, God’s Kingdom will replace these current governments and the wicked will be no more as the scriptures put it.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses delivered this tract (see link) about 8 years ago to the doorsteps of many people around the world. It was a warning about false religion and to GET OUT OF HER so you do not share with her in her sins and receive part of her plagues: Revelation 18:4

  • Sarah Tipton

    Actually, Jesus warned of religions that would appear as sheep, but would really be ravenous wolves. Indeed, FALSE RELIGION has bad ideas and they aren’t based upon the Bible. Since you’ve seen such hypocrisy in religion, I can understand why you’d be atheist. Take note of what Jesus warned:

    “Be on the watch for the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s covering,+ but inside they are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits you will recognize them. Never do people gather grapes from thorns or figs from thistles, do they? 17 Likewise, every good tree produces fine fruit, but every rotten tree produces worthless fruit.+ Matthew 7:15-17

  • James Carr

    Poor Max. Same tired treadmill of atheistic rants. It took him 44 years to believe there is no God? That’s a lot of wasted energy, especially when God exists despite his “research”.

  • Jay

    The tribulation is coming. Keep on the watch! Stay close to God’s earthly organization!

  • Fourth Valley

    Really I don’t see how any Christians think criticizing Muslim Spain is justifiable. You’re just opening yourselves up for discussing Christian Spain.

    Have… have you read about what Christian Spain was like?! Have you heard of the pogroms against Muslims and Jews. Or about this thing called the Spanish Inquisition??

    Comparably, the Sephardic Jews who were the religious minority of Spain in both instances called living under Muslim rule their “Golden Age”… whereas under Christian rule they were given the choice to become Catholic or die.

  • “God exists”

    Which one? Allah or Yahweh?

    And if they are basically the same God
    are you ready to worship Allah when the Islamic Caliphate wins this nightmarish game?

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  • @Sarah Tipton:

    “Take note of what Jesus warned”

    The evidence indicates he is a literary character in a book of fiction.
    Should I similarly tell you to look out for the big bad wolf before he huffs and he puffs and blows your house down?

    These are childish fictions from the bronze age and people take them literally as if they are true.

    Islam is doing the same thing and it will destroy the world for no reason.
    Jesus isn’t there and neither is Allah. I can’t prove it so I don’t say it is impossible – but it is my opinion that all of these gods are probably not real.

  • Stephen,

    You make my point for me. You are the religious mind.

    And the Religious mind is Fascist:
    “Shut up – you are sick to disagree with old stories – off with your head!”

    Okay, ISIS.
    But it won’t work with me.

    I reject your stories as the most dangerous fiction and your religious ‘rules’ which stem from these stories are destructive to freedom of speech, decency, science, empathy and civilization.

  • Jay,

    This is a time to get some backbone and stand up to religious bullies – not to cower in a cave.

    Civilization must continue. And it is within our grasp.
    But if you decide that magic sky fairies have already concluded there is nothing we can do, you are good for nothing to those of us who would like to see humanity survive.

    Religion poisons everything.

  • Larry

    “They got machine guns! I thought the Swiss Guards only carried halberds”
    -Sterling Archer

    Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

  • Larry

    I hope people have enough common sense to realize the primary victims of ISIS and those who will be ultimately responsible rolling them back will be fellow Muslims. We are not going to get anywhere by demonizing all people of that faith. The majority population of Libya bitterly opposes these Islamicists, but its tough to do much when the country is still in disarray from the recent civil war. The situation demands intervention. The Libyans are demanding our help here.

  • Karla

    Sarah-Jehovah witnesses are a/the false religion because they say there
    is no hell and teach that He/Jesus was created/ many other false things.
    If the person continues in a/the false religion of being a Jehovah witness
    they will be eternally condemned to hell is what the Bible teaches so the
    people who deny Jesus as God/being part of a/the Trinity/Godhead are
    denying the Truth and are calling God a liar by sayin Jesus was created
    and saying there is no hell. Jesus was not created and a/the Bible clearly
    says in Matthew 25:46 hell is an eternal punishment and to be even more
    clear Matthew 13:42 says hell is weeping and gnashing of teeth! A person
    who weeps and gnashes their teeth is not sleeping but alive in hell as the
    spirit is seperate from a/the body as it says in Ecclesiastes 12:7 and also
    Emmanuel means God with us so Jesus was God with us as part of a/the
    Trinity/Godhead. The term Godhead is in the Bible a few times and the
    first born over creation refers to His rank not that Jesus was a created
    being. People become very stubborn/are proud/have pride/do not want
    to admit they are wrong/which is what has happened to many,many today.

    Jesus said before Abraham I AM which shows that the birth of Jesus was
    a miracle not a creation because He said He was alive before Abraham.
    Luke 13 says we are known by our fruit and that fruit is of Repentance
    not good works because many non-believers do good works so a good
    work/the good works don’t save plus two guys were next to Jesus on the
    Cross and only one guy went to heaven because only one guy Repented
    and he didn’t have time to do any good works so to get saved we have to
    Repent/have a change of heart about our sin then put our trust in Jesus!
    Bible says Repent and believe the Gospel to be saved! We must Repent!

  • Larry,

    “The situation demands intervention.”

    I’m not convinced of what sort of intervention, if any, would be effective.
    These are fast moving developments.

  • Larry

    Libya is easier to deal with than Syria. The Libyan government wants outside help and there is the precedent of NATO airstrikes being used over there when Qaddafy was in power.

    Syria is a much messier situation. The Syrian government hates us, the Turks don’t want us helping out the only group making progress against them and Iran is itching to get involved.

  • MarkE

    Mr Lyman – get out your atlas. The closest distance between Libya and Sicily is 400 miles, not less than 100 as you stated. The closest distance between Libya and Sardinia is 500 miles. The closest Italian territory to Libya is the tiny, isolated island of Lampedusa, in the middle of the strait between Sicily and Tunisia, but that is still over 200 miles from Libya.

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