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'Brothers and sisters' of the mafia, repent, Pope says in Sicily

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Pope Francis has appealed to Sicily's organized crime to abandon it.

Instead, he said to be, "men and women of love, not men and women 'of honor,'" using the term mobsters apply to themselves.

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'Brothers and sisters' of the mafia, repent, Pope says in Sicily

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Pope Francis appealed to Sicily's mafia on Saturday (September 15) to abandon a life of crime and violence, saying the island needed "men and women of love, not men and women 'of honor,'" using the term mobsters apply to themselves.

Francis, in the Sicilian capital, said organized crime members - many of whom go to church and worship openly - "cannot believe in God and be mafiosi" at the same time.

In his appeal, he referred to them as "dear brothers and sisters." He visited Palermo to commemorate Father Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, a priest shot dead by mob hit men in 1993 because he challenged the organization's control over one of the city's toughest neighborhoods.



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