‘All mafia members are excommunicated’- Pope Francis

‘All mafia members are excommunicated’- Pope Francis

By Joy Abobi | News Reporter on June 22, 2014
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Pope Francis delivers a speech during a meeting with young people last month in Cagliari, Italy.

The current head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis on Saturday, June 21, 2014 lashed out on one of Italy’s most deadly crime groups, at a mass before tens of thousands of people in Southern Italy.

The Pope, speaking about the ‘Ndrangheta crime group, issued the strongest attacks on organised crime since the late Pope John Paul lambasted the Sicilian Mafia in 1993, saying the group was an example of “the adoration of evil”

According to the Pope, “Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are excommunicated.”

He told the crowd: “This evil must be fought against, it must be pushed aside. We must say no to it.”

He tagged the ‘Ndrangheta as the “adoration of evil and contempt of the common good” and said the Church would exert its full force in efforts to fight against organised crime.

“Our children are asking for it, our young people are asking for it. They are in need of hope and faith can help respond to this need,” he added.

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