Pope: No hon­our or God among the Mafiosi

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Pope Fran­cis has warned Mafia mem­bers they can­not be or­gan­ised crim­i­nals and be­lieve in God. He was pay­ing homage to Fa­ther Giuseppe Puglisi who was shot dead by the Mafia in Si­cily 25 years ago. The Pope warned the “brothers and sis­ters” that they could not “be­lieve in God and be Mafiosi” – a ref­er­ence to the fact that many mafia mem­bers are reg­u­lar wor­ship­pers. Pope Fran­cis has pre­vi­ously called for the ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tion of gang­sters linked to or­gan­ised crime. Yes­ter­day, the Pope ad­dressed the faith­ful at Palermo’s Pi­azza Europa in Si­cily, a strong­hold of Mafia crime. Fa­ther Puglisi was renowned for work­ing with young peo­ple to keep them away from drugs and the Mafia. The priest was shot dead on the doorstep of his home on his birth­day, Septem­ber 15, in 1993. His mur­der came at a time when Mafia vi­o­lence against their op­po­nents crip­pled parts of Italy. In yes­ter­day’s ad­dress, the Pope said Si­cily needed “men and women of love, not men and women ‘of hon­our’”, re­fer­ring to the code mob­sters use to de­fine them­selves. He added: “A per­son who is a Mafioso does not live as a Chris­tian be­cause with his life he blas­phemes against the name of God.”

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