Pope Francis Makes First Visit to Mafia Stronghold in Southern Italy

June 21, 2014 8:42 PM

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Pope Francis Makes First Visit to Mafia Stronghold in Southern Italy

The pope’s first stop in the town of Cassano all'Ionio in the southern region of Calabria was the “Rosetta Sisca” penitentiary of Castrovillari, where he met with detainees, prison staff and their families.

"The Lord always forgives, always accompanies, always includes; let us understand it, let us forgive, let us accompany," the Pontiff told the inmates, according to the Vatican.

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