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Mafia, terrorism feed ‘culture of death,’ Pope says

January 23, 2017

The Mafia is “an expression of the culture of death,” Pope Francis said in a January 23 address to members of Italy’s National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Directorate.

“The money of the dirty deals of Mafia crimes is stained with blood, and produces iniquitous power,” the Pope said. “We are all aware that the devil enters ‘through the pockets;‘ the first corruption is there.”

The Holy Father saluted the law-enforcement officials for their courage and hard work, saying that it is “difficult and risky but more indispensable than ever.” He urged them to be particularly energetic in working against “human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants: these are extremely grave crimes that afflict the weakest of the weak.”

“Those who flee their own countries as a result of war, violence, and persecution have a right to receive an adequate reception and suitable protection in countries that define themselves as civilized,” the Pope said.

 
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  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 24, 2017 9:28 AM ET USA

    The crimes of the Mafia, being a local problem, do not concern majority of Catholics worldwide, and terrorism has its roots in the spread of one specific religion that is hostile to Christianity and hostile to Western culture. Neither Mafia nor terrorism shape our culture. The culture of death that all Catholics are concerned about comes from widespread legalized abortions and legalized euthanasia.