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Italian prelate: suspend naming of baptismal sponsors to curb organized crime

July 01, 2014

In an effort to curb the influence of the ’Ndrangheta, one of Italy’s most power organized-crime syndicates, a Calabrian prelate has proposed a 10-year suspension on the naming of godfathers at baptism.

Archbishop Giuseppe Morosini of Reggio Calabria-Bova believes that the syndicate wields influence on the next generation through the practice, and spoke recently with Pope Francis about his idea, according to the Associated Press.

The prelate said that Pope Francis has asked Calabria’s bishops for a written proposal.


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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jul. 03, 2014 10:57 AM ET USA

    I hope that Pope Francis will make them an offer they can't refuse.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Jul. 01, 2014 11:34 AM ET USA

    This item presents a fascinating glimpse into Italian culture. 'Godfathers' in the dark sense are real!