March 17, 2014

Mob threats aside, Pope Francis will pray with victims of organized crime

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Pope Francis leads a procession after celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 24, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis leads a procession after celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Dec. 24, 2013. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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ROME (RNS) In November, famed anti-mob prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said Pope Francis’ financial reforms at the Vatican were making the Calabrian mob “very nervous" and could prompt death threats.