|Title:||BRAZILIAN CARDINAL: PLOT AGAINST POPE'S LIFE DURING GULF WAR|
|Document Size:||Very Short (196 words)|
|Subject(s):||Efe; Cancer; Iraq; Local; Newspaper; Radio; Security; Vatican;
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 saying Monday.
"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 Vatican.
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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