Vatican says no specific concerns about pope's Turkey trip

Speculation Francis could be target of Islamist terrorists

(ANSA) - Vatican City, November 20 - Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has said there are no specific concerns about Pope Francis's security during his three-day visit to Turkey next week. There has been speculation that the leader of the Catholic Church could be a target for Islamist terrorists in majority-Muslim Turkey, amid conflict and tension in the Middle East. "There's nothing new," Lombardi told Thursday's Corriere della Sera ahead of the November 28-30 trip. "There is no specific reason for concern.
    "I am not aware of any raising of the pope's protection.
    It's all like it was before".