Pope Francis has described an Italian crime syndicate as “the adoration of evil”, adding Mafiosi “are excommunicated”.
He was speaking about the ‘ndrangheta crime group during a Mass in the southern Italy.
It was the strongest attack on organised crime since the late Pope John Paul hit out at the Sicilian Mafia in 1993.
Francis made the comments after comforting the father of a slain toddler during a visit to Calabria.
He also met rnet the two grandmothers of Coco’ Campolongo in the courtyard of a prison in the town of Castrovillari.
The three-year-old boy was shot, along with one of his grandfathers and the grandfather’s companion, in January in an attack blamed on drug turf wars in the nearby town of Cassano all’Jonio.
The father was in prison at the time.
The gunmen also torched the car with the three victims inside. The Pope publicly expressed his horror at the attack and promised to visit the town.
Francis embraced the father, who asked him to pray for the boy’s mother, who was said to be under house arrest.
According to a Vatican spokesman, he told the father: “May children never again have to suffer in this way.”
“The two grandmothers were weeping like fountains,” the spokesman added.
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21 June 2014 | 3:38 pm – Source: orange.co.uk