The chairman of the House Homeland Security committee said that authorities have already “disrupted one particular case” in regard to the security of Pope Francis during his visit to the United States at the end of September, according to ABC.
The chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, told ABC’s This Week they are closely monitoring “threats against the pope,” according to Fox News.
“I’m concerned,” McCaul said. “He is a very passionate man. He likes to get out with the people. And with that comes a large security risk … But as that date approaches, I think we’re all very vigilant to protect him as he comes into the United States.”
Secret Service and Homeland Security sources had no comment, but one U.S. intelligence source tells PEOPLE they are monitoring “some chatter,” but there are no current credible threats.
The papal visit will begin on Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C., and will include, among other things, a White House visit and a parade. Pope Francis will then travel to New York City to speak at the United Nations and give Mass at Madison Square Garden.
The six-day trip will conclude in Philadelphia.
• With reporting by SANDRA SOBIERAJ WESTFALL