Italian priest, unfazed by death threats, goes after the Mafia

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Pope Francis shakes hands with the Rev. Luigi Ciotti, founder of the Italian anti-Mafia group Libera, at Rome's Church of St. Gregory VII on March 21, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis shakes hands with the Rev. Luigi Ciotti, founder of the Italian anti-Mafia group Libera, at Rome's Church of St. Gregory VII on March 21, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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ROME (RNS) The Rev. Luigi Ciotti has had police escorts before, but when a notorious Sicilian boss issued a death threat from his jail cell a couple of months ago, the authorities immediately doubled Ciotti's protection.

  • Fran

    God’s kingdom or heavenly government (Daniel 2:44; Isaiah 11;1-9) will soon put an end to all terrible conditions on planet earth, including all wicked ones/terrorists so that only meek ones will inherit the earth and enjoy peace to the end of time (Psalm 37:10,11; Matthew 5:5).

    The priest (and the pope) should instead preach the good news of God’s kingdom as the only hope for humans before the end of this wicked era comes (Matthew 4:17; 24:14); but they are evidently not aware of what that kingdom is or its purpose for mankind.

  • Karla

    Truly great that they are urging the people to change their lives. Many today
    don’t want to Repent/change/only want to talk about abortion or gay marriage
    so they don’t have to face their own sin. Ephesians 5:18 says don’t get drunk
    and 1 Corinthians 6:10 says that all drunkards go to hell. The wine that Jesus
    made was from the fruit of the vine/new wine/diluted plus the Bible also says
    don’t get drunk on strong wine/don’t get drunk with wine for it’s debauchery
    so people who still get drunk with strong wine are also wrong and go to hell.
    Two guys were next to Jesus on the Cross. Only one guy went to heaven!
    Why is that? Only one guy Repented/had a change of heart about his sin.
    1 Corinthians 6:9-12 lists many sins with homosexuality so all sin is bad!
    Luke 13 says we must bear good fruit and that fruit is fruit of Repentance
    not good works because non-believers do good works so we must Repent!

    Gambling,saying something mean then laughing after like that makes it okay,
    sharp tongues,premarital sex,smokin dope/cigars,being mean,getting drunk,
    are out of control and coveting,jealousy,gossip,takin the Lords name in vain.
    People today seem to forget that Jesus said you are one of Mine only if you
    follow Me/many will say to Me Lord,Lord and not enter heaven! It doesn’t
    matter how spiritual people are if they aren’t Biblical they are lost/headed
    for hell. If you say you love Jesus and then don’t follow the Bible/religion
    no Truth is in you! It’s not enough to believe in Jesus. We must follow Him!
    Bible says Repent and believe the Gospel to be saved! We all must Repent!

  • Priest to Mafia: “God has an offer, accept it or be condemned”
    Mafia: “Funny, that is what we were going to offer to you.”

    Religion is like a filthy rag trying to clean a filthy floor.
    Vicarious Redemption story of Jesus is an immoral preachment which encourages endless evil.

    Wherever religion fades away, better behavior follows.

    Want to get rid of the Mafia? Abandon religion.
    Enforce human laws.

    Abandon ‘vicarious redemption’. It is bankrupt and immoral.

  • @Karla,

    I hope every Christian reads your posts. They are a stark warning.

    They stand as warnings about what happens to Christian children
    if they actually believe the gibberish of this religion.

    Your hatred of this life, hatred of thought, hatred of conversation, hatred
    of fun and good times testifies to the brutal cruelty at the core of Christian nonsense. What an evil philosophy.

    Christians take notes. Karla is your child.

  • Fran

    The meek shall inherit the earth; not the heavens (Matthew 5:5) – Jesus

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  • He who desires to inherit the earth is not meek!

  • Shawnie5

    So you don’t want to live on earth? Where, then?

  • ‘inherit’ means what?
    To get all the goodies for yourself after your competition dies off.
    This is a transparent appeal to the passive-agressive selfishness market.

    I’m completely unimpressed. The only thing the meek will inherit is the consequences of not standing up to injustice and freedom when it was important.

    And what happened to the wrongness of coveting? Or preferring the riches of Heaven?
    Incoherent, as usual.

  • Shawnie5

    Oh please. Inherit in this context simply means to go on living on an earth restored by God. Only an idiot and a hypocrite would call it sellfish to pick life over death when given the choice.

    And the “meek” of the early church certainly stood up for freedom in all humility and gentleness. And prevailed, too.

  • Alan

    God is the name of organised crime’s most lucrative confidence scam. Seemly that one branch of organised crime criticizes another and wants to wipe it out.

  • @Shawnie:

    “Only an idiot and a hypocrite would call it sellfish to pick life over death when given the choice.”



    “To save your life is to lose it, and to lose your life for my sake is to save it.” – Jesus (Matthew 16:24)

    Yes, I agree – only an IDIOT would believe this garbage.

  • Shawnie5

    Temporary life vs. Eternal life. Even you know that.

  • Shawnie,

    Keep moving those goal posts – see if nobody else notices.

    Jesus is nonsense.

  • Karla

    Alan-God is real! Read Romans 1:18-25.

  • Alan

    The confidence scam named God is real and very profitable.

  • Alan

    Karla, Superman is real, he is in books and movies. You can’t believe everything you read in a book of fiction. Humans commonly invent fictional characters, including gods. It is ridiculous to think that all those gods are fictional except one.
    Nature can be defined as all that exists and all that occurs naturally, and it is human self aggrandizement to think that a human-like persona could do a better job of producing all of nature, than all of nature does producing and reproducing itself in every detail, at every moment.

  • Karla

    Alan-Only one God went to the Cross/died for all of our sins and that’s
    because there is only one God! None of these other “gods” are real.
    Bible holds up cause of prophecy accuracy. Read the Case for Christ
    by Lee Strobel and Jesus among other gods by Ravi Zaccharias. How
    did the world get here if God didn’t create it? Evolution is impossible.
    Pslam 22/other Bible prophecy that came true prove the God of the
    Bible is who He says He is/Jesus is the Messiah/only way to heaven!

  • Alan

    Karla, sin is a religious concept invented by manipulative gangsters who control others by making them feel guilty about things that every person does, like sex and becoming educated. Read The Jesus Puzzle by Earl Doherty.
    The world is part of nature which has always existed. We see and experience how nature works without the need for a creator. It is only by diminishing nature that theists make room for a creator.
    Gods never speak, people speak for gods; and so it is for the many versions of bibles. There isn’t one Bible, there are many, and they not only disagree with each other, they also refute themselves. They are all written by greedy gangsters that want the power and riches that come from making people believe nonsense. Make people believe nonsense and you can make them commit atrocities.

  • Fran


    Psalm 37:10,11 brings out: “For yet for a little while, and the wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

    (Interestingly, that scripture also sheds light that the wicked ones will not be tormented forever in fire; but will simply die or not exist or live.)

    I myself desire to continue to inhabit the awesome earth, even more so than now, because there will no longer be wicked ones, terrorists, murderers, pedophiles, rapists, etc. on my home, as exists now.

    The earth is such an amazing and wondrous place with all its varieties of vegetation, water sources, food, and animals (I love my cat!), all so lovingly provided by my loving Creator and God, Yahweh/Jehovah, which was meant to be enjoyed forever by mankind on earth, since man was created.

    That purpose was interfered with through the sin of Adam and Eve, but God has intervened and lovingly made provisions, through the ransom sacrifice of his son, Jesus, and the establishment of God’s kingdom in the heavens, to still have his purpose for man fulfilled!! This will be done through the upcoming millenial rule of God’s son, Jesus, over the entire earth.

    Not only will peace be finally realized by man on earth worldwide, but there will also be peace among the animal kingdom:

    “In that day the wolf and lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.

    The cow will graze near the bear, the cub and calf will lie down together. The lion will eat hay like the cow.

    The baby will play safely near the hole of a cobra. Yes, a little child will put its hand in the nest of deadly snakes without harm.” (Isaiah 11:6-8)

    So do I want to live in that kind of place forever, where no more wicked ones reside, and I can also pet tigers (of which man has destroyed 97% of in the last 100 years for its skin and bones!), lions and bears, to my heart’s content???

    OF COURSE! But this will only be realized through God, his Kingdom or heavenly government, and his son, Christ Jesus, and not by any man, politician, scientist or man’s governments.

  • Diogenes

    @Alan; Yes, nonsense particularly like Marxism/Leninism, not to mention the pseudo-mythological philosophy behind Nazism.

  • @Diogenes,

    We are past whether the jesus god exists.
    There is no more sign from him than there is from zeus or aphrodite.

    If you wake up one day and find out that your god doesn’t probably exist, that doesn’t give you the right to create a different god to take his place, whether it is an Aryan Angel, a Hirohito Sun God or a Communist Czar.

    If you don’t have evidence for god, so just drop the god thing.
    You have no god.

    The only relevant questions are how quickly can people get busy walking away from churches and mosques and to stop printing so damn many bibles and qurans.

    The world needs to slow down the spread of this god nonsense – at least a little bit!