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Sicilian cardinal: no funerals for Mafia leaders

Catholic World News - May 17, 2011

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples has announced that prominent Mafia leaders will no longer be allowed Catholic funerals if there is no evidence of their repentance.

"If Mafiosi were repentant it would be a different story, but as this is not the case, they cannot be godfathers, or witnesses to a marriage, or have a funeral in church," the cardinal told reporters.

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  • Posted by: Obregon - May. 19, 2011 12:35 AM ET USA

    I can hear the progressive side of the Church already screaming, "The Church has no compassion."

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