Pope attack plans thwarted: Homeland Security committee head

Pope Francis will visit the United States, in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia in late September.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis will visit the United States, in Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia in late September.

Plans to attack the Pope Francis during his U.S. visit have already been thwarted, Homeland Security committee chairman Michael McCaul said on Sunday.

Less than 10 days before the pope’s visit to Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia, McCaul said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he was “concerned” about the pope’s safety, after he was contacted by Secret Service about an earlier plot against the pope.

“We are monitoring very closely threats against the pope as he comes into the United States,” he said. “We have disrupted one particular case, but as that date approaches, we’re all very vigilant to protect him.”

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Michael McCaul, the Homeland Security committee chairman, said he was “concerned” about the pope’s safety during his visit.

McCaul did not go into detail on the threat against the world’s most influential Catholic. McCaul also said the pope’s kindness could be a safety issue.

“The pope is a very passionate man, he likes to get out with the people, and with that comes a large security risk,” he said.

McCaul said Pope Francis's desire to get up close to people could be a security issue during his visit.ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

McCaul said Pope Francis’s desire to get up close to people could be a security issue during his visit.

McCaul also discussed on “This Week” the chances of ISIS members infiltrating the U.S. disguised as Syrian refugees.

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