Massive Security Presence at Pope's General Audience as Police Test New Plan

Police have been out in force and streets around the Vatican were closed as authorities test out a new, beefed-up security plan to protect Pope Francis. Police said they decided to use Francis' Wednesday general audience as a dry run for the new plan, given that huge crowds are expected starting in December when Francis opens a special Jubilee year.
The Vatican has said it is taking prudent precautions to guard the pope but that there were no specific threats.