Defying pope, Italian church parade makes detour to stop by Mafioso's house in tribute

July 6, 2014 6:34 PM

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Defying pope, Italian church parade makes detour to stop by Mafioso's house in tribute

ROME – In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, a church procession detoured from its route through a southern Italian town to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.

Interior Minister Angelino ALfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and 'ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as "deplorable and disgusting." He praised three Carabinieri policemen who abandoned the procession in disapproval.

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