With almost a billion Catholics in the world today, the leader of the Catholic Church Pope Francis is a religious leader of immense influence and responsibility,and not just for the church, but for so many who see him as a symbol of peace and stability in an increasingly chaotic world.
The assassination of Pope Francis was the goal, but mass murder was also planned simultaneously. The suspect, Santos Colon, admitted on Monday in a federal court in Camden that he attempted to conspire with a sniper to shoot the Pope during his visit to Philadelphia and trigger bombs in the surrounding area, which would have resulted in many more casualties
On the 27th of September 2015 Santos Colon who was just 15 years old at the time, sought to recruit a sniper to shoot the pope as he celebrated mass in Philadelphia on September 27, 2015. Colon also allegedly planned to set off explosives.
His horrific plan was never realized, as he unknowingly recruited an undercover FBI agent for the job, and was arrested quietly 12 days before the event.
The teenager who is a US citizen from Lindenwold, New Jersey, was charged as an adult with one count of attempting to provide material support to terrorists on Monday and now faces up to 15 years in prison.
Back In May 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot four times by Mehmet Ali Ağca in a failed assassination attempt.