Pope Francis: You Can’t Believe in God and Be Mafiosi


The pontiff was paying homage to a Sicilian priest who was murdered by the mafia 25 years ago.

The following article appears on BBC Italy.

Pope Francis has urged mafia members to stop blaspheming against God and to embrace love and service.

He was paying homage to Father Giuseppe Puglisi, who was shot dead by the mafia in Sicily 25 years ago.

The Pope warned the “brothers and sisters” that they could not “believe in God and be Mafiosi” — a reference to the fact that many mafia members are regular worshippers.

On Saturday morning, the Pope addressed the faithful at Palermo’s Piazza Europa and will later visit Puglisi’s parish in the working-class neighbourhood of Brancaccio. Continue reading at BBC Italy.

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