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Pope Francis addresses members of Sicilian mafia

The pontiff called the Mafiosi to refuse from violence and appeal to the true God
11:38, 16 September 2018

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Pope Francis delivered an address to the members of the mafia during his visit to Sicily, BBC reports.  

In particular, the pontiff in his speech said that the members of the organized crime, most of them go to church and openly demonstrate their religiousness, they can't to believe in God and be Mafiosi at the same time. 

'A person who is a Mafioso does not live as a Christian because with his life he blasphemes against the name of God," Pope Francis said, before pleading: "Change, brothers and sisters! Stop thinking about yourselves and your money... Convert yourselves to the real God.' 

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The outlet also noted that Pope Francis arrived in Palermo, the capital of Sicily to pay homage to Father Giuseppe Puglisi who was shot dead by the mafia in Sicily 25 years ago after he entered into an open confrontation with the organized crime, which controlled the city.  

Earlier, the pontiff opposed the death penalty, which is still practiced in several countries. In particular, he introduced a point into the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which proclaims the unacceptability of punishment for crimes by death. 

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