by Editor | June 22, 2014 3:06 am
BBC – Pope Francis has condemned the mafia’s “adoration of evil” at a mass in Calabria, the southern Italian base of the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate.
The Pope said the gangsters were effectively “excommunicated” – or banished – in the eyes of the Church.
Earlier, the Pope visited the jailed father of a three-year-old boy who had been killed in an apparent mob hit over an unpaid drug debt.
The Pope has repeatedly spoken out against organised crime and corruption.
His latest condemnation, delivered before a crowd of tens of thousands, described the ‘Ndrangheta as the “adoration of evil and contempt of the common good”.
“Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God,” the Reuters news agency quoted him as saying. “They are excommunicated.”
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