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Calabrian bishops: Mafia convicts not permitted to serve as godparents

September 21, 2015

Persons convicted of Mafia-related crimes are not permitted to serve as godparents at baptisms or witnesses at marriages, the bishops of the southern Italian region of Calabria said in a new set of pastoral guidelines.

Persons convicted of such crimes are not permitted to carry statues in religious processions unless they have publicly repented of their deeds, the bishops added.


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