The Bomb Disposal Unit in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires were called to blow up a suspected bomb which had been placed in front of the front door of Pope Francis’ former home.
The package marked ‘fragile’ was left at the front door of 533 Membrilla Street in the Flores neighbourhood of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, where Pope Francis used to live, according to a commemorative plaque located on the wall of the home.
Francis reportedly spent his childhood in the neighbourhood and decided to become a priest in the area’s church.
According to local media, the box measured 20 centimetres by 35 centimetres by 15 centimetres (eight inches by 14 inches by six inches) and was left at the front door of the house with ‘fragile’ written on it.
The street was cordoned off by the police after a pedestrian warned them of the suspicious box, with traffic diverted from the scene and the Anti-Bomb Unit of the Buenos Aires police were called to the scene to explode the suspected bomb.
The bomb experts then found that box was not a bomb but was actually full of rubbish.
Local media report the incident could be a warning to the Argentine government as President Alberto Fernandez is due to meet the Pope in the Vatican on 31st January.
Fabiola Yanez, the current first lady, met with Francis in December 2019.
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