From the Wall Street Journal:
Pope Francis launched a bold attack on organized crime during a trip on Saturday to the heartland of the Italian mafia, saying that mafia members are excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
During a one-day visit to Calabria, one of Italy’s poorest regions and home to the ‘Ndrangheta criminal organization, the pope said that “those who follow this evil path, as Mafiosi do, are not in communion with the church. They are excommunicated.”
The statements are the toughest yet issued by the pontiff in his young papacy and echoed the 1993 call by Pope John Paul II for bosses to repent.
Pope Francis, 77, also met with relatives of a 3-year-old boy who was shot in January along with his grandfather in an apparent mob hit. The child’s body was discovered in a burned car shortly thereafter, a murder that echoed throughout Italy.
“The ‘Ndrangheta is…the adoration of evil and contempt for the common good,” CLICK HERE