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Papal encouragement for women who have turned away from the Mafia

November 02, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis recently received anti-Mafia priest Father Luigi Ciotti, along with women who have turned away from organized crime.

“You know that among Jesus’ disciples, there were also some women,” Pope Francis said. “Those women – like the rest of the men – were not perfect people, they were not ‘angelic’: they were women tried by life, sometimes ‘contaminated’ by evil. They were women whom Jesus welcomed with compassion, with tenderness, and he healed them.”

“You, dear ladies, were born and raised in contexts polluted by mafia criminality, and you decided to leave it behind,” the Pope continued. “I bless this choice of yours, and I encourage you to keep going.”

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