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Congressman: U.S. has ‘disrupted’ a threat before Pope Francis’s visit

CAGLIARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with young people on September 22, 2013 in Cagliari, Italy. Pope Francis heads to Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia for a pastoral visit that includes celebrating mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The Pope announced in May that he wished to visit the Marian Shrine of Bonaria or 'Good Air' because it gave his hometown of Buenos Aires its name. During his 10-hour visit to the city of Cagliari, the Pope will also meet workers, business representatives, prisoners, the poor, young people, leading representatives from the world of culture and the island's Catholic bishops.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

American authorities are “monitoring very closely” any potential threats against Pope Francis and have already “disrupted one particular case” ahead of the pope’s visit to the United States, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Rep. McCaul (R-Tex.), when asked how he felt about security preparations ahead of the papal visit next week, said he was “concerned” and has been briefed by the Secret Service on the matter.

“The pope is a very — I’m Catholic, by the way — he is a very passionate man,” McCaul said. “He likes to get out with the people. And with that comes a large security risk.”

The pope’s upcoming trip to the United States has prompted a massive security operation in the three cities he will visit — New York, Washington and Philadelphia. In Washington, several major roadways will close for long periods during the three days that Francis is in town, and District officials are urging anyone who can to telecommute for the duration.

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