London police arrest six men over alleged plan to attack Pope

Controversy continues to swirl around Pontiff’s visit to U.K.

Police in London have arrested six men in connection with an alleged plot against Pope Benedict XVI. Officials haven’t released much in the way of details, only that the men are between the ages of 26 and 50, and were arrested under the terrorism act. The visit has been a lightning rod for controversy ever since it was announced, with the record of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, as well as the Vatican’s policies on contraception and homosexuality, emerging as flashpoints. “We have complete trust in the police,” Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said about the arrests. “The police are taking the necessary measures. The situation is not particularly dangerous. The Pope is happy about this trip and is calm.”

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