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Pope Francis rebukes Mafia for ‘enslaving people’

By on Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Faithful gather in front of a giant picture of Father Giuseppe Puglisi during his beatification ceremony in Palermo (Photo: PA)

Faithful gather in front of a giant picture of Father Giuseppe Puglisi during his beatification ceremony in Palermo (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis has strongly criticised members of the Mafia for “exploiting and enslaving people”, and called on them to repent.

Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for his weekly blessing, the Pontiff urged the faithful to “pray to the Lord to make these mafiosi convert to God”.

“I think of all the pain of men, women and even children who are exploited by many Mafias,” Pope Francis told thousands of people during his weekly address in St Peter’s Square on Sunday.

“They are forced to do work that makes them slaves, like prostitution, behind all this slavery, there are Mafias.”

The Pope was speaking a day after the beatification of Don Giuseppe Puglisi, a Roman Catholic priest murdered by Sicilian crime gang the Cosa Nostra in 1993.

The ceremony in Palermo, attended by more than 80,000 people, marked the penultimate step on Father Puglisi’s path to sainthood. In his words to the St Peter’s Square crowd, Pope Francis described him as a “martyr” and “an exemplary priest”.

  • $28180339

    The Mafia— tribes of families competing against one another. If the Sicilians can figure out a way to eliminate the Mafia problem (doubt it) maybe they can share their secret of success with the tribal Middle East.

  • Andrew Young

    They will still be ingratiating themselves with priests and bishops, having their children baptised, confirmed, married – and God forbid, possibly ordained – and buried. I find it difficult to comprehend the utter hypocrisy. The fact is that they will kill anyone who stands in their way, even if it is a priest. The Church is only too willing to call upon local Bishops’ Conferences to excommunicate pro-abortion politicians; what about all the other known perpetrators of equally serious ‘crimes’? Or is the institutional church too comfortably a bedmate with this italian monstrosity?

  • vito

    Vatican and the Church against the Mob? That’s new.