Pope Francis: Mafiosi are excommunicated from the church'

June 21, 2014 3:16 PM

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Pope Francis: Mafiosi are excommunicated from the church'

Pope Francis on Saturday took on one of Italy's most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example of "the adoration of evil" and saying Mafiosi "are excommunicated".

The pope, speaking about the 'Ndrangheta crime group during a mass in the southern Italy, issued the strongest attacks on organised crime since the late Pope John Paul lambasted the Sicilian Mafia in 1993.

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