Pope Francis tells Mafia they can't be Christians

Updated:10 months, 3 weeks ago IST

Vatican City/ Paliano (Italy), Mar 29 (ANI): Pope Francis on Wednesday told members of the Mafia in Italy, where many go to church and worship openly, that they cannot call themselves Christians because they "carry death in their souls." Julian Satterthwaite reports. It's the pontiff's strongest attack on organised crime in nearly four years. Particularly in the smaller towns and cities of the south, they take part in Catholic sacraments, attend services, and in some cases have made churchmen complicit in their crimes. Pope Francis is not the first to take on the mafia. In 1993 Pope John Paul warned Sicily's Cosa Nostra that they would one day face the justice of God. The group responded with bomb attacks against several churches in Rome.

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