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.
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) With his second trip to the heart of Italy’s Mafia country, experts are debating the impact of Pope Francis’ uncompromising stance against organized crime and what it means for his papacy.
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.
ROME (RNS) Now that the pope has signaled he wants to challenge Italy’s organized crime groups, an Italian archbishop is suggesting a 10-year moratorium on naming godfathers at baptisms.
ROME (RNS) Francis’ determination to challenge organized crime groups has provoked warnings that he himself could become a mafia target.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ frank determination to challenge organized crime groups has sparked warnings that he could become a mafia target. Last May, he warned mobsters that they would “go to hell” if they did not repent.
ROME (RNS) In November, famed anti-mob prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said Pope Francis’ financial reforms at the Vatican were making the Calabrian mob “very nervous” and could prompt death threats.
ROME (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman told reporters on Friday that the Vatican was “extremely calm” regarding a possible mob threat against Pope Francis.
ROME (RNS) Pope Francis has spoken out strongly against organized crime in the past, specifically naming the country’s four main organized crime groups last May.