Pope pays trib­ute in Si­cily to priest slain by Mafia

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

PALERMO, Si­cily — Pope Fran­cis ap­pealed to Mafiosi to re­nounce their quests for power and money as he vis­ited Si­cily on Satur­day to honor a priest slain by mob hench­men for try­ing to pro­tect youths from the clutches of or­ga­nized crime.

The day­long trip to the Mediter­ranean is­land marked the 25th an­niver­sary of the fa­tal shoot­ing of the Rev. Giuseppe “Pino” Puglisi in Palermo. Puglisi was de­clared a mar­tyr by the Vat­i­can and be­at­i­fied in 2013.

Fran­cis paid trib­ute to the priest, who worked to keep un­em­ployed youths in a poor neigh­bor­hood of Palermo from turn­ing to lo­cal Mafia bosses for jobs like push­ing drugs. The pa­pal pil­grim­age came in coun­ter­point to the lat­est rev­e­la­tions about priests and bish­ops who sex­u­ally abused chil­dren or con­nived to pro­tect the abusers in var­i­ous na­tions.

MARY ALTAFFER/AP

Par­tic­i­pants march dur­ing the Ger­man-Amer­i­can Steuben Pa­rade on Satur­day in New York. The pa­rade, founded in 1957, is named af­ter Friedrich Wil­helm von Steuben, a Prus­sia-born gen­eral who served with Gen. Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton in the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War.

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