The recent terror attack in Spain was meant for the revered Sagrada Familia basilica. Now beautiful and historic churches throughout Europe are ramping up their security.
Churches and other highly symbolic Christian landmarks have been a prime target for radical Islamist militants, and with the number of vehicle attacks increasing, many churches throughout Europe are taking new measures to ensure their area is protected.
Although so far neither Italy nor the Vatican have been hit by terrorism, Swiss Guard Commander Christoph Graf said last week that “it may only be a matter of time before such an attack occurs in Rome.”
He spoke during the Guard’s 27th general assembly in Solothurn, Switzerland, which was held Aug. 19-20 and drew the participation of some 450 Swiss Guards and their relatives.
However, according to French news agency La Croix, despite the threat of an imminent attack, “we are prepared,” Graf said, stressing that the Swiss Guards aren’t just a photo op for tourists, but are highly trained with the most modern military techniques, and adapt their training to meet current challenges.