This plot was foiled, but there will be others. The Islamic aspiration to conquer Rome is longstanding.
“Imam Ahmad reported in his Musnad that Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (may God be pleased with him) reports, Whilst we were around the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) writing down, he was asked, ‘Which of the two cities is to be opened first, Constantinople or Rome?’ He (the Prophet) answered, ‘The city of Heraclius will be opened first!’” (Imam Ahmad, and Al-Albany)
Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradawi quoted this hadith a few years ago and added: “This means that Islam will return to Europe as a conqueror and victor, after being expelled from it twice – once from the South, from Andalusia, and a second time from the East, when it knocked several times on the door of Athens.”
And the Saudi Sheikh Muhammad bin Abd Al-Rahman Al-‘Arifi, imam of the mosque of King Fahd Defense Academy, once boasted: “We will control the land of the Vatican; we will control Rome and introduce Islam in it. Yes, the Christians, who carve crosses on the breasts of the Muslims in Kosovo – and before then in Bosnia, and before then in many places in the world – will yet pay us the Jiziya [poll tax paid by non-Muslims under Muslim rule], in humiliation, or they will convert to Islam.”
“Somali migrant planned to blow up Italy’s largest church during Christmas ‘when the churches are full,’” Voice of Europe, December 17, 2018:
He ‘wanted to attack St. Peter’s at Christmas’ in Rome. Using wiretap recordings, DIGOS special security police in Bari, make arrest of a 20-year-old Somali national on terrorism charges.
The Somali wanted to stage an attack at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome at Christmas. Mohsin Ibrahim Omar, a.k.a. Anas Khalil, is believed to be linked and in contact with the Islamic State (ISIS) in Somalia.
In a recording obtained by police he allegedly states: “The 25th is Christmas… the churches are full. “Let’s put bombs in all the churches of Italy.
Where is the biggest church? It’s in Rome?,” he said, according to the wiretap, apparently referring to St Peter’s. The FBI is assisting with the investigation.