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Repent or face hell, Pope warns Mafia

March 21, 2014

Pope Francis pleaded with Mafia members to “convert yourselves, stop perpetrating evil,” as he met on March 21 with the families of Mafia victims.

“I ask this on my knees,” the Pope said, addressing himself to the Mafia. “It is for your good.” He reminded criminals that whatever riches they gain by violence, “you cannot bring them with you to the next life.”

“You still have time so as not to end up in hell,” the Pope continued. “And that is what is waiting for you if you continue on this path.”

During his visit to St. Gregory’s church in Rome, to participate in a prayer vigil for victims of organized crime, the Pope expressed his sympathy and solidarity with the families. He praised the courage of those who were speaking out against the Mafia.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Mar. 21, 2014 6:27 PM ET USA

    I would like to see the pope direct these same words at those who make money from abortion rather than drugs, prostitution, and extortion. Both groups kill, but the abortionists kill many, many more than the mafia.