Police in Italy have opened an investigation to establish the origin of a suspicious envelope sent to Pope Francis.
The envelope addressed to the pontiff and containing three bullets was seized in a mail sorting facility close to the northern Italian city of Milan on Sunday night.
Postal workers called police after intercepting the envelope overnight in the small town of Peschiera Borromeo, according to Reuters.
Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported that 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 envelope contained three pieces of nine-millimeter ammunition, of the kind used in a Flobert gun, and a message referring to financial operations in the Vatican.
The Vatican is yet to issue a formal statement regarding the incident.