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Italian prelate calls mafia to conversion

March 04, 2016

Following an escalation in local mafia-related violence, an Italian prelate issued a letter calling for conversion.

Urging the faithful not to become “indifferent, almost anesthetized or resigned to an inevitable evil,” Archbishop Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini of Reggio Calabria-Bova wrote, “Is it not possible to stop this regression to barbarism, which seems unstoppable?”

Lamenting the “gap between faith and life,” the prelate continued, “I say with paternal firmness: we cannot sleep in peace, preoccupied only with our religious ceremonies.”

He added, “We are celebrating the jubilee of mercy: but what mercy can we get from God without an authentic process of conversion from evil?”

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