Pope Francis to visit the heart of Italy’s mafia country

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Cassano all'Ionio's clocktower is a distinctive feature of the town, which is among the poorest regions in Italy and is the site of Pope Francis' June 21 visit.

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Cassano all'Ionio's clocktower is a distinctive feature of the town, which is among the poorest regions in Italy and is the site of Pope Francis' June 21 visit.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis' frank determination to challenge organized crime groups has sparked warnings that he could become a mafia target. Last May, he warned mobsters that they would "go to hell" if they did not repent.

  • Atheist Max

    Pope Francis is going to Mafia country
    because he will be conducting a workshop
    on how to run a criminal organization.

    And he will take a few notes of his own.

    What ELSE could they possibly talk about?

  • Doc Anthony

    You should give Francis a little more credit than that, Max. Gotta admit, the decision to walk into the Mafia’s front yard after telling them to “repent”, is no joke. Give credit where it is due.

    So now we need to get this gay-marriage Pope to get really serious and do the right thing in America too. Like walk into San Francisco without an invitation, and publicly tell the GAY MAFIA to either “repent” or “go to Hell”!!!

  • The Great God Pan

    Does anyone seriously think the Mafia is going to assassinate the Pope because he told them they were naughty and they had better tell Jesus they’re sorry?

    I’m sure his heart is in the right place, but he doesn’t appear to be advocating anything that would actually hinder them (that would require secular action: major reform, not threats of Hellfire). Most of them have already reconciled their actions with their Catholicism, anyway. Criminals with religious beliefs are good at ignoring the “moral teachings” that are supposedly so central to their creeds.

    This post has some interesting information on the Mafia and Catholicism, including an account of how the Camorra family views its criminal activities in relation to its religion:

    http://www.mozzarellamamma.com/2014/the-catholic-church-and-the-mafia/

  • Atheist Max

    I’m not being rhetorical.
    The Catholic Church is an international crime syndicate.
    It is not an accident that the Maffia grows from the fundamental immorality of Catholic Christian culture.

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  • charlie

    Let find a legal way to stop all mafia operation inform on them & their friend find a way legal to sabotage the mafia