An envelope containing three bullets addressed to Pope Francis was intercepted in Milan late on Aug. 8, according to Italian media reports. The piece of mail, which had no return address but carried a French stamp, was addressed to “The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square in Rome,” the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported. The newspaper said that the envelope contained three pieces of 9 millimetre ammunition, of the kind used in a Flobert gun, and a message referring to financial operations in the Vatican.
The manager of an Italian post office branch in the town of Peschiera Borromeo, southeast of Milan, alerted authorities when he found the suspicious piece of mail during sorting on Aug. 8. According to reports, local law enforcement have seized the note and are investigating its origins.