Pope Francis has always condemned all acts of violence and made this obvious during his visit to the southern part of Italy. He was referring to one of the country’s most dangerous and most notorious crime syndicates, labelling their acts as a perfect example of “adoration of evil.” The Pope also mentioned that all of the Mafiosi are “ex-communicated.”
The Pope was talking about the Ndrangheta crime group. He mentioned this dangerous mafia group while he was officiating a mass in southern Italy. This group was responsible for devising an organized crime plan and was able to proceed with the attack since the late Pope John Paul lambasted the Sicilian mafia in 1993.
He said to a mass of tens of thousands, “Those who in their lives follow this path of evil, as Mafiosi do, are not in communion with God. They are ex-communicated.” The Pope also mentioned that the notorious Ndrangheta is wrongfully strong because of their “adoration of evil and contempt of the common good.” He mentioned that the Church is presently exerting its full force in battling organized crime.
During His Italian visitation, he went to jail in order to comfort the imprisoned father of a 3-year-old who was killed during a mob ambush. This was clearly an act of mob violence against children and the Pope has been very vocal about his feelings toward such act.
The Pope took a helicopter and flew to the small town of Cassano All’ Jonio, which is particularly located on the southern part of the Calabria region. This is the home of the mafia-style Ndrangheta, which, according to Italian investigators, has now expanded their families to other parts of the world.
Apart from addressing the criminal issues of the region, the Pope also went to the area to pay tribute to Coco or Nicola Campolongo who was killed together with his grandfather during one of the criminal attacks that took place in January earlier this year.