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Italy says ISIS a threat as pope phones Foley family

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Rome, August 22 - Pope Francis offered words of
comfort in a lengthy telephone call to the grieving parents of
James Foley after the American journalist was beheaded by
Islamic State (ISIS) militants who were denounced Friday as a
serious threat to Italy.
"ISIS poses an international and European security threat
and we (in Italy) feel particularly exposed," Deputy Interior
Minister Filippo Bubbico said Friday as the United States also
announced it sees ISIS as an imminent threat to the US and its
interests.
"Being prudent, however, does not mean raising alarms, but
rather creating the procedures for security to be guaranteed,"
Bubbico told Sky TV.
Bubbico said the situation was "complicated" after the
execution of Foley, which ISIS videotaped and quickly
disseminated around the world.
Sunni extremists have threatened Rome in the past and on
Wednesday, Italian security services said they had received
unspecified threats after Premier Matteo Renzi travelled to
Baghdad and offered Kurdish fighters military support to battle
ISIS.
Italian authorities issued an alert for possible terrorist
attacks on "sensitive targets" including embassies, places of
worship, stations, ports, airports, and travel agencies,
officials said.
Pope Francis has also denounced the violence in Iraq and
the persecution of minority religious groups, including
Christians.
The crisis in the Middle East drew Foley, who travelled in
the area including in Syria, where he was kidnapped in late
2012.
Friends said the pope's call to Diane and John Foley, the
journalist's parents, late Thursday afternoon and the pontiff's
condolences helped to comfort the family.
Foley's parents were "moved and grateful" after the
pontiff's call, a priest close to the family said.
James Foley, 40, was Catholic and had studied at a Jesuit
university - the same order as the pope's.
Francis reportedly said he felt close to the family's pain
and voiced the hope that no one else would have to go through
what they had.
The pope spoke his native Spanish in the conversation with
the parents, through an interpreter, and with another family
member who spoke Spanish.
The Vatican press office later said the pope was impressed
by the strong faith of Diane Foley.
According to the Marquette University of Jesuits in
Wisconsin, James Foley stayed in touch with his teachers, often
writing to tell them of war zones in which he had worked, and
humanitarian missions he participated in.
He also asked for their prayers and said he kept a rosary
with him, which comforted him during times of stress including a
previous kidnapping in Libya in 2011.
Meanwhile, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday
sent a message of condolences to US President Barack Obama,
calling the beheading of Foley "horrifying and execrable".

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