Pope stands up to Mafia

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

PALERMO: Pope Fran­cis has de­nounced the Mafia’s “blas­phe­mous” ex­is­tence dur­ing a brief trip to Si­cily to hon­our a priest mur­dered by the Mob 25 years ago.

“You can’t be­lieve in God and be­long to the Mafia. Those who be­long to the Mafia don’t lead a Chris­tian ex­is­tence be­cause their lives are blas­phe­mous,” he said at an open-air mass near Palermo. “Change! Stop think­ing about your­selves and your money, con­vert,” he said to athe gath­er­ing of 100,000 who came to hon­our Fa­ther Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi, who was shot dead in 1993.

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