Posts Tagged ‘Mafia’

Mate! you’ve got the wrong Pope Comments 0

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Maybe it was a clever trick on Pope Francis’s part, just in case the mafia was on the lookout for him or maybe CNN committed a slight error last weekend when it covered Pope Francis’ recent warning to excommunicate the Mafia from the Roman Catholic Church. Although CNN got the story and the quote correct, Read more

What excommunicating the mafia means Comments 0

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Pope Francis used the e-word against the mob for the first time this weekend. The Holy Father was celebrating mass on Saturday in Calabria, a mob-heavy region in southern Italy, when he deviated from his prepared remarks and announced that the mafia are excommunicated. “Those who go down the evil path, as the Mafiosi do, are Read more

Pope tells mafia that they are excommunicated Comments 1

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Pope Francis has told the Italian mafia that they are excommunicated and an example of the adoration of evil. It is believed to be the first time a pope has used the word excommunication in direct reference to organised crime groups. “Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not Read more

Pope warns Mafia gangsters they are headed for hell Comments 1

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Pope Francis has warned the Italian Mafia that they will end up in hell if they do not change their lives and stop doing evil. He made these remarks during a prayer vigil in Rome for victims of the Mafia. “Men and women of the Mafia, please change your lives, convert, stop doing evil,” the Read more

Pope Francis not in danger from Mafia, Vatican says Comments 0

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The Vatican dismissed concerns today that Pope Francis could be a target of Italian organized crime because his reforms threaten what one mafia expert said were long-time ties between the church and criminal syndicates. “There is no concrete reason that would lead us to worry. There is no reason to feed alarmism,” the Rev. Federico Read more

Mob prosecutor warns Mafia ‘interested’ in Pope Francis Comments 0

Friday, November 15th, 2013

One of Italy’s best known anti-mob prosecutors is warning the Mafia is considering Pope Francis as a target. Nicola Gratteri says the Mafia is upset by the Pope’s efforts to make the Church more financially transparent. For years the Mafia has laundered money and made investments, taking advantage of the connivance of the Church, he said. Gratteri’s comments Read more

Pope calls on Mafia gangsters to convert to God Comments 0

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A day after the beatification of a Sicilian priest killed by the Mafia, Pope Francis called for “these gangsters” to convert to God. Father Giuseppe Puglisi, who was murdered by Sicilian Mafia in 1993, was beatified in Palermo on May 25. Shocked by his death and inspired by his example, many of Sicily’s priests began Read more

Prosecutors investigate Vatican Bank mafia link Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Anti Mafia prosecutors have asked the secretive Vatican Bank to disclose details of an account held by a priest in connection with a money laundering and fraud investigation, it emerged on Sunday. The official request was made more than a month ago but so far the Vatican Bank, known as the Institute for Religious Works, Read more

Mobster exhumed in search for clues to Vatican linked kidnapping Comments 0

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Italian gangster Antonio Mancini has said that the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican employee was killed in 1983 because a criminal gang was irate over the loss of funds deposited in the Vatican bank. Emanuela Orlandi was 15 when she disappeared in 1983 after leaving her family’s Vatican City apartment to go to a music Read more

Vatican tomb of mafia don to be reopened over teen murder mystery Comments 0

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The tomb of a mafia don buried in a basilica in Rome is to be opened in an attempt to solve a mystery that has dogged the Vatican for three decades. It is thought the sarcophagus could contain not only the skeleton of the notorious mob gangster, Enrico “Renatino” De Pedis, but also the remains Read more