The pontiff has faced harsh criticism from theological conservatives due to his untraditional views on LGBTQ issues. The head of the Holy See maintains that the Catholic Church should be more open to members of this community and signalled that he is somewhat in favour of recognising same-sex civil unions.
An envelope with three bullets addressed to Pope Francis has been found at a post office in Milan, Italy, Il Messaggero has reported. According to the newspaper, it contained three 9-calibre Flobert-type pellets and was sent from France with no mention of the sender.
The envelope contained writing in pen that Il Messagero said was barely legible: “The Pope – Vatican City, Piazza S. Pietro in Rome”. Local police have started an investigation.
The Pope’s untraditional views have often irked theological conservatives. He has been criticised for his promotion of ecumenism, a movement calling for cooperation and unity among Christian denominations. In 2016, he released a controversial exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, in which the pontiff changed Catholic doctrine and allowed civilly divorced and remarried Catholics to take communion.