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Letter sent to Pope containing bullets intercepted by postal workers

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The letter addressed to Pope Francis contained three bullets
The letter addressed to Pope Francis contained three bullets   -   Copyright  Riccardo De Luca/AP

Police said they would investigate after a letter addressed to Pope Francis that contained bullets was intercepted by postal workers in Italy.

The suspicious envelope, which contained three bullets, was found overnight at a mail sorting facility in a Milan suburb, police said.

It had been sent from France.

The envelope was addressed by hand in pen to: “The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square, Rome,” and contained three bullets presumed to be for a pistol and a message referring to financial operations at the Vatican.

An investigation is ongoing.

There was no immediate comment from the Vatican.

Pope Francis has been recuperating after a 10-day stint in hospital for colon surgery in July.

He plans to visit Hungary and Slovakia next month, along with a quick stop in Glasgow, Scotland, in November to participate in the COP26 climate conference.