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Italians defy Pope, take church procession to mafia boss’ house

Published time: July 07, 2014 07:51
Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead a mass in Campobasso, south of Italy, July 5, 2014. (Reuters/Giampiero Sposito)

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead a mass in Campobasso, south of Italy, July 5, 2014. (Reuters/Giampiero Sposito)

The Vatican might have denounced the mafia, but common Italians seem unconvinced. A church procession in an Italian town diverted from its normal route to pay tribute to a local Mafioso under house arrest.

Pope Francis ‘excommunicates’ Italian mafia

What happened was “deplorable and disgusting,” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Sunday. The official praised the three policemen who refused to take part in last week’s scandalous procession in the Calabrian town of Oppido Mamertina, considered a stronghold of the 'Ndrangheta crime syndicate.

Among those who believed it was wright to honor the 82-year-old mobster, currently serving a life sentence at home for murder, were the city’s mayor, clergy and dozens of Oppido Mamertina families.

The tribute to the mafia patriarch came just days after Pope Francis condemned 'Ndrangheta members for their “adoration of evil.”

Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated,” Pope Francis said, June 22.

Oppido Mamertino's bishop, Monsignor Francesco Milito, promised to take “measures” against those who initiated taking church procession to the Mafioso’s doorstep, thus challenging the authority of the Pope.

The Pope’s words seem to have estranged at least some of the mafia members from church. Around 200 inmates in the maximum-security section of Larino Prison told their chaplain they would boycott mass, because they had been “excommunicated”, Monsignor Giancarlo Bregantini told Vatican Radio on Sunday.

Comments (15)


Davis-Guess Wendy 08.07.2014 02:49

The world has had it with old white men... They've destroyed the quality of life for nearly everyone while "ruling" us. The environmental damage is just part of it. Rich energy business owners attending church should sacrifice themselves for the sake of our oceans, soil, drinking water and air.

Yes, the rich old white guys and their finely groomed but shallow wives are ~unsustainable~.

I will take a Mafia boss over a rich banker or man who calls himself a messenger of God, thank you very much.



Freaky 07.07.2014 17:47

Most of the popes where Italians.....hey.... .that is strange did God has a favour for Italians while making his decision for a new pope...? LMAO.
Only ignorants believe this stupid religion nonsens.
The Catholic church is a secret old boys network organisation with a own bank - state - Vatican seal.
And they don't have good intension for the world.
Is wonders me why Obama visit the pope for 1,5 hour and the prime minister in Italy only 30 minutes.
For me it is a criminal organisation look at their past history and find out how they slaughtered innocent people in the name of God.


Freaky 07.07.2014 17:33

John L Hansen 07.07.2014 09:05

hey freak
every been in a country in the that part of the world during December??? guess not, or you would know the weather. or in your case January.


We ll buddy the Mufflon is the sheep race in the Middle East and they are mating in oktober november and give birth march - april
Thats why the theorie of birth of Jesus in december 25 is created by mankind and is not based on evidence.
But the majority of the people are following sheeps who are hypnotized and fooled by Church leaders.
Those leaders pray equality for everyone, but their spirit is evil.

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