July 7, 2014

Religious procession past Mafia boss’ home irks Italy’s Catholic clergy

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Oppido Mamertina Mayor Domenico Giannetta, center, flanked at left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino, walks during a religious procession in Oppido Mamertina in southern Italy's Calabria region. In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, the church procession detoured from its route to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.

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Oppido Mamertina Mayor Domenico Giannetta, center, flanked at left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino, walks during a religious procession in Oppido Mamertina in southern Italy's Calabria region. In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, the church procession detoured from its route to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.

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ROME (RNS) Catholic bishops condemned the detour of the traditional procession, which carried a statue of the Madonna past the house of 82-year-old Peppe Mazzagatti, a Mafia boss under house arrest.