The Pope made a bold and strong statement against mafia at a prayer vigil for the victims of mafia violence and for the families of victims. The vigil took place before the 19th “Day of Memory and Commitment” in remembrance of the innocent victims of organized crime, sponsored by the “Libera” foundation.
Pope Francis met the relatives and loved-ones of the roughly 700 victims, whose names are being remembered one-by-one in the ceremony.
A few quotes:
“You have power and money now from much dirty business and many mafia crimes – it is blood money and blood power, and you can’t take it with you to the afterlife,”
“Men and women of the mafia, please change your lives. Convert. Stop doing evil … There’s still time to stay out of hell. That’s what’s waiting for you if you stay on this path.”
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