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Tight security for Mother Teresa's beatification

With an estimated 400,000 people expected to attend Sunday's celebration - nearly twice what organizers had originally expected - Italian law-enforcement officials are alert to the possibility of terrorist action.

To guard against possible threats, police will use helicopters, elite troops, plainclothes and uniformed officers, and a thorough search of all pilgrims entering St Peter's Square.

Extra security measures will be imposed on the Vatican beginning 24 hours before the ceremony, and continuing through Saturday night.

The need for extra security will be heightened by the presence of many prominent international political figures, some of whom could be regarded as terrorist targets.

The Vatican is expecting, among others, President Ibrahim Rugova of Kosovo, President Alfred Moisiu of Albania, and Princess Rania of Jordan.

The Vatican and the City of Rome have cooperated in making similar security arrangements for the canonisations of Sts. Padre Pio and Josemaria Escriva last year; both ceremonies drew crowds of up to 400,000.

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17 Oct 2003