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Francis denounces Mafia at prayer vigil

27 March 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 0

Convert or go to hell, Pope Francis has warned members of Italy’s Mafia in an emotional address to victims of gang violence, writes Liz Dodd. Speaking at a prayer vigil at the Church of San Gregorio VII in Rome last week Francis said that gangsters’ “blood-stained money, blood-stained power” would not give them happiness.He urged them to convert and stop doing evil, adding: “There is still time not to end up in Hell, which awaits you if you continue on this road. You had a father and a mother. Think of them, weep and convert.” The vigil, organised by the Italian anti-Mafia group Libera, has been held every year since 1996. It was the first time a pope attended. Francis put on vestments once worn by Fr Giuseppe Diana, an Italian priest killed by the Mafi ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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