In Mob Stronghold, Pope States Mobsters Are Excommunicated

Enlarge this imagePope Francis delivers his homily as he celebrates ma s in Sibari, during the southern Italian location of Calabria on Saturday.Vincenzo Pinto /AFP/Getty Imageshide captiontoggle captionVincenzo Pinto /AFP/Getty ImagesPope Francis provides his homily as he celebrates ma s in Sibari, in the southern Italian area of Calabria on Saturday.Vincenzo Pinto /AFP/Getty ImagesPope Francis traveled into the heart of the mafia stronghold in Italy on Saturday and explained to mobsters that they usually are not section of the church. "Those who go down the evil path, because the Mafiosi do, are certainly not in communion with God," he warned them for the duration of an open-air ma s. "They are excommunicated." As United states Right now stories, Francis produced the trip following ignoring anxieties about his well being and safety. The paper adds:"He traveled by helicopter to Ca sano all'Ionio, all over 275 miles southeast of Rome. The town attained headlines in January, when 3-year-old Nicola 'Coco' Campolongo and his grandfather had been hit by stray bullets and killed through a shootout involving the 'Ndrangheta the structured criminal offense group that physical exercises a commanding impact in Calabria, the realm in the toe of Italy's boot-shaped peninsula. "Local organizers of your pope's one-day pilgrimage explained the pontiff 1st spoke to about 200 men and ladies held in the jail inside the city of Castrovillari. He then spoke separately together with the father and two grandmothers of 'Coco' Campolongo. "A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. George Kittle Jersey Ciro Benedettini, stated Francis informed the father: 'May young children never ever again really have to endure in this manner.' " Francis, the BBC reviews, condemned the mafia for its "adoration of evil and contempt on the frequent fantastic." The BBC provides which the 'Ndrangheta network, dependent during the "toe" of Italy, controls the country's cocaine trade.