An envelope containing three bullets and a letter was addressed to the pope, Italian paramilitary police confirmed on Monday.
The suspicious envelope was intercepted by postal employees overnight at a mail sorting facility in a Milan suburb, according to the carabinieri provincial command in Milan.
It had been sent from France.
The envelope was addressed by hand in pen to: “The Pope, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Square, Rome,” and contained three bullets presumed to be for a pistol and a message referring to financial operations at the Vatican.
An investigation is ongoing. There is no immediate comment from the Vatican.