- When Freud met God
A recent conference explored how the idea of Purgatory could work in contemporary psychotherapy. Much common ground was found, particularly in relation to pride, hope and love
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Marx welcomes Francis' open model of reporting on synod discussions as Vatican publishes final document in English
- Nichols and Martin signal shifts arising from Synod on the Family
- Former Archbishop of York resigns following abuse inquiry criticisms
- Priest condemns Nigerian Government failure to stop Boko Haram 'caliphate' and humanitarian crisis
Pope Francis has given a huge spiritual boost to some 1,600 anti-Mafia organisations in Italy as they prepare to mark the country’s nineteenth annual “Day of Remembrance and Commitment” on Saturday.
The Pope is to join in a prayer vigil tomorrow night with some 700 people whose innocent relatives were killed by organised crime networks in recent years.
The gathering at the San Gregorio VII parish close to the Vatican was organised by “Libera” (Free), an anti-Mafia association founded by Fr Luigi Ciotti. “[The Pope’s] willingness to accompany family members in this moment that is so painful, and yet also full of hope, is a sign of his attention and sensitivity,” the priest said.
The 700 at the vigil represent an estimated 15,000 Italians who have seen an innocent loved one murdered by the Mafia.