Pope Francis has branded Italy’s Mafia chiefs as slavemongers and told them to seek God’s mercy, a day after the Vatican beatified a Palermo priest murdered for his stance against the Cosa Nostra.
“I think of all the pain of men, women and even children who are exploited by many Mafias,” the Pontiff told thousands of people during his weekly address in St Peter’s Square Sunday.
“They are forced to do work that makes them slaves, like prostitution,” he said. “Behind all this slavery, there are Mafias. We pray that these Mafia men and women convert to God.”
About 80,000 people gathered in Palermo on Saturday for a beatification ceremony for Father Pino Puglisi, the priest who was shot dead in his parish in 1993 for trying to turn children against the Sicilian Cosa Nostra.
Salvatore Grigoli, the Cosa Nostra killer who shot him, was later jailed and repented, claiming…
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