Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Archbishop Cacucci of Southern Italy Cancels Commenmoration Mass for Canadian Mafia Figure


Map of Italy with the City of Bari (in the middle, lower right)
Map courtesy: maryrosaries.com

Archbishop Francesco Cacucci of Bari-Bitonto of southern Italy and a local police chief have forced the parish priest of Grumo Appula town to cancel a publicly-called commemoration Mass for a slain Canadian mafia figure Rocco Sollecito, 67. Grumo Appulia is the ancestral home of Mr. Sollecito.

The archbishop called it a "great scandal" and said it was inappropriate for someone who didn't live a Christian life, reports CBCnews. 

Pope Francis in June of 2014 excommunicated all Mafia from the Catholic Church and he is the first pope ever to do so. The mafia, an organization that depends on financial profits and gains made from serious criminal activities and does not hesitate to kill its opponents, has been in an unholy alliance for centuries with a section of priests and bishops in Italy and elsewhere. Mafia members are usually Roman Catholics, most of whom attend Masses, receive holy communion, make substantial financial contributions to the churches, and have their baptisms, confirmations and marriages in the church. The mafia are also called 'mobster' or 'mob.'

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