Pope Francis travels to mob heartland

June 21, 2014 11:27 AM

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Pope Francis travels to mob heartland

ROME — Brushing aside worries about his health and veiled threats against his safety, Pope Francis headed deep into Italian mob territory Saturday to pray in a town where a three-year-old child was gunned down in a January shootout.

After a period of focusing on international issues — including war-torn Syria, a trip to the Holy Land, Vatican visits from the leaders of Israel and Palestine, plus a recent visit from President Obama — Francis again turns his attention to Italy, where he first made his name as a tradition-busting ...

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