Title: BRAZILIAN CARDINAL: PLOT AGAINST POPE'S
LIFE DURING GULF WAR
Source: Agencia EFE
Date: 10/23/2000 11:06
Document Size: Very Short (196 words)
Document ID: FB20001023710000258
Subject(s): Efe; Cancer; Iraq; Local; Newspaper; Radio; Security;
BRAZILIAN CARDINAL: PLOT AGAINST POPE'S LIFE DURING GULF WAR
Story Filed: Monday, October 23, 2000 11:06 AM EST
Rio de Janeiro, Oct 23, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- A conspiracy to
assassinate Pope John Paul II that presumably orginated in the
West prompted the Vatican to increase security around the pontiff
during the 1991 Gulf War, a Brazilian cardinal was quoted as
"There was a conspiracy to kill the pope. I'm not saying it came
out of the United States. But there were people who were
bothered. The world outside (the Vatican) never knew of this,"
Cardinal Aloisio Lorscheider told the daily newspaper Folha.
He said the assassination plan was put together by those angered
by John Paul's criticism of Allied air attacks against Iraq.
Lorscheider was the prelate who in 1994 told a local radio
station that Pope John Paul II had cancer, a report he was
obliged to quash the following day due to pressure from the
He said the heightened security around John Paul in 1991 was
obvious to Vatican insiders. "They even searched us (cardinals),
and very carefully," he said. EFE
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