Francis says members of criminal organisation are excommunicated during trip to Calabria

Pope Francis has strongly condemned the ‛Ndrangheta during a visit to the powerful criminal organisation’s heartland in Calabria.

During a day-long trip to the southern Italian region, the Pope said mobsters were “adorers of evil” and were excommunicated.

Speaking at Mass in Piana di Sibari, he said: “When adoration of the Lord is substituted by adoration of money, the road to sin opens to personal interest… When one does not adore the Lord, one becomes an adorer of evil, like those who live by dishonesty and violence. Your land, which so beautiful, knows the signs of the consequences of this sin.

“The ‛Ndrangheta is this: adoration of evil and contempt of the common good. This evil must be fought, must be expelled. It must be told no. The Church, which is so committed to educating consciences, must always expend itself even more so that good can prevail. Our children ask this of us. Our young people ask this of us, they, who need hope. To be able to respond to this demands, faith can help us. Those who in their lives have taken this evil road, this road of evil, such as the mobsters, they are not in communion with God, they are excommunicated.”