Vatican City and Rome are bracing for the arrival of millions of pilgrims for the Roman Catholic Holy Year by increasing security. Nathan Frandino reports.
As tourists flood into St. Peter's Square days before the Holy Year begins, security is ramping up. Italy has installed metal detectors and promised extra soldiers. Rome Security Operations Chief Franco Gabrielli says they're doing everything they can. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME SECURITY OPERATIONS CHIEF, FRANCO GABRIELLI, SAYING: "The risk of terrorism will never be zero, we cannot provide absolute security, but we are working to attain the level of security that people rightly ask for." The increase in security comes after last month's Paris attacks that killed 130 people. The attacks showed the vulnerability of European cities to militant assaults. Now Italian authorities are being extra vigilant. They've set up a new security center specifically for the Holy Year. They'll be keeping their eyes on dozens of remote cameras showing Rome and the Vatican. Back at St. Peter's Square, visitors say they have mixed feelings. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) STEFANO COSTAMAGNA, SAYING: "I sincerely hope it is a good event, and nothing happens. We are here, it's all calm, and I hope that continues." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROBERTA STELLA, SAYING: "Yes, I'm afraid, absolutely. Because in my opinion, the Italian State has had to organize this in a very short time, all the security, yes I'm afraid." The Holy Year kicks off December 8th with the official opening mass, which will be under the watchful eyes of more than 900 police officers.