REQUEST FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR VATICAN 08ROME1541 (PREPARATION FOR ATTACK ON ROME - THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA)
a big city half in ruins.......
The third part of the secret revealed at the Cova da Iria-Fatima, on 13 July 1917.
I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine.
After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
DE RUEHRO #1541 3540856
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 190856Z DEC 08
FM AMEMBASSY ROME
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1346
INFO RUEHROV/AMEMBASSY VATICAN IMMEDIATE 0826S E C R E T ROME 001541
S/CT FOR ATA PROGRAM MANAGER MIKE MILLER
E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/18/2013
TAGS: PTER ASEC VT
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT TRAINING FOR VATICAN
REF: STATE 128554
Classified By: Classified by DCM Liz Dibble for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d).
Â¶1. (U) This is an action request. See para 3.
Â¶2. (SBU) Action request: Embassy Vatican requests the Department to explore designing and funding a crisis management tabletop exercise with the Vatican security services. The purpose of the exercise is twofold: first, to enhance the Vatican's ability to respond to a crisis; and, second, to foster a dialogue with the Vatican on counter-terrorism. Al-Qaeda has publicly identified the Pope and the Catholic church as an enemy ("Crusaders"), and Vatican City attracts hundreds of thousands of American citizen visitors each year, both tourists and pilgrims. For example, the Vatican museums welcome up to 25,000 visitors each day, a substantial number of whom are U.S. citizens. The RSO, FBI legal attachQ, and regional CT coordinator at Embassy Rome endorse this proposal, and Embassies Vatican and Rome are prepared to work with the Vatican officials to shape the proposal, as appropriate. End Action Request.
Â¶3. (S) In recent years, the head of the Vatican Gendarmerie, Domenico Giani, has on occasion solicited specific security training from the FBI, most recently seeking explosives ordnance training for members of the Gendarmerie at Quantico. But, in general, Giani has been reluctant to engage in a comprehensive dialogue with the United States about Vatican capabilities and preparedness to respond to a terrorist attack. In November 2008, however, Embassy Vatican DCM Julieta Valls Noyes spoke with Giani and proposed conducting a joint tabletop exercise on crisis management. Giani responded positively to this suggestion, which was presented during a conversation about Al-Qaeda's threat to the Vatican.
Â¶4. (C) Comment: Due to the Holy See's sensitivity about being seen to be too close to any one state, it has been challenging to foster a security dialogue with Vatican City officials that includes a comprehensive needs assessment. This is especially a concern given the high number of Americans who visit Vatican City each year, the known Al-Qaeda antipathy to the Pope, and the Vatican's conviction that its facilities must be easily accessible to all Catholics. Giani's interest in a crisis management exercise offers an opportunity to open the door to a more substantial dialogue that would help the United States be better placed to help the Vatican prepare to deal with terrorist threats. End Comment.