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Vatican adopts mail security precautions in wake of anthrax scare

The Vatican has asked its employees to adopt the security precautions recommended by the International Postal Union.

The measures for avoiding possible contact with anthrax spores are only a precaution; no suspicious packages have been received at the Vatican, officials said on Monday.

"These are normal security measures being taken by governments around the world, including Vatican City State," the Vatican press office said.

The press office confirmed the precautions were spelled out by US Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, governor of Vatican City State, in a letter given to heads of Vatican offices on Saturday.