This seems to be tempting fate:
VATICAN CITY – The Vatican says it’s not taking any extra security measures to protect Pope Francis during his weekend 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 the poor Balkan nation Sunday. Vatican security officials are “calm” ahead of the 11-hour visit, he said.
Francis has said he wanted to visit Albania to highlight the rebirth of Christianity that was brutally wiped out during communist rule, and to showcase how Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are working together now to govern the country.
Italian news reports, citing unnamed sources, have said Albanian law enforcement had flagged to Interpol concerns that Muslim militants who trained in Iraq and Syria had returned and might pose a threat to Francis.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch has long viewed Vatican security as a bad joke, a relic of a bygone era when having armed guards in colorful uniforms was considered adequate security. However, Pope Francis has made it clear that he has no concern for his security. It is impossible to protect a public figure unwilling to allow even elemetary precautions to safeguard not only his life, but those around him.