- Jun 21, 2021
The mafia destroys hope and tramples people’s rights, Pope Francis told a family whose young daughter was seriously injured during a Camorra hit job in Naples.
Young members of the clergy who are tempted to avoid the complex realities of the world — finding solace and safety instead in the sacred — can be vulnerable to the illusions of the mafia, said the priest heading a new department on the Mafia and other criminal networks.
Marking the beatification of an Italian judge murdered by the Mafia, a Vatican office announced the formation of a working group on “the excommunication of mafias.”
A magistrate slain by mobsters in Sicily and praised by two popes has been beatified by the Catholic church on Sunday in the last formal step before possible sainthood.
Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples ordered the removal from a church of two religious paintings that were donated by a mafia boss who led one of the prominent clans in the Camorra crime syndicate.
Pope Francis condemned the way the Mafia is exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic by taking advantage of those in dire economic circumstances.
The Italian bishops in their winter assembly have emphasized the need for reconciliation as citizens navigate current political upheaval, the rollout of anti-COVID vaccines, and an economic crisis forcing more and more people into the growing class of the “new poor.”
This week Italy opened the largest mob trial in history, with 325 defendants in the dock linked to the ‘Ndrangheta syndicate in the southern Italian region of Calabria.