Italian bishop bans processions to deter homage to Mafia
July 11, 2014
A bishop in Italy’s Calabria region has banned public processions indefinitely, responding to the uproar that was roused when a procession in a neighboring town paused to honor an organized-crime figure.
Bishop Francesco Milito of Oppido-Palmi issued an order against holding religious processions, La Repubblica reports. His order came a week after a procession from a Catholic parish in Oppido Mamertina had stopped outside the home where Giuseppe Mazzagatti, a convicted leader of the ‘Ndrangheta crime syndicate, is living under house arrest.