Vatican Beatifies Mob-Fighting Priest
'Pino' Puglisi was gunned down while preaching against mafia in Italy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 25, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
Doves fly over the crowd in front of a giant picture of Rev. Giuseppe Puglisi during his beatification ceremony in Palermo, Sicily, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Alessandro Fucarini)

(Newser) – An Italian priest who stirred consciences with his anti-mafia preaching and was gunned down by mobsters has been honored by the Vatican as a martyr. The Rev. Giuseppe `'Pino" Puglisi was beatified in a ceremony today in Palermo, the Sicilian capital where he worked in a mobster-infested, poor neighborhood. He was slain in 1993, a few months after Pope John Paul II visited Sicily and urged priests to rally the faithful against organized crime. Puglisi encouraged young people, often jobless and easily recruited by Cosa Nostra, to turn their backs on the mob. Beatification is the last formal step in the Catholic church's process before possible sainthood.

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May 26, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
The church BEAT HIM ???? Oh... is that what beatification means? I thought it was violence.
May 26, 2013 12:19 AM CDT
The church and it's followers are class act example of naive suckers if they believe all the hocus-pocus of saints and miracle workers. It makes you ask, "What centery is this?"
May 25, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
an awful lot of 'beatifying' going on lately....but i thought that sainthood required three 'proven' miracles...or has that part been dropped ? why can't the catholics just say 'here was a good man' instead of turning them into 'saints' to be prayed to ? i thought that praying to other 'gods' was a no-no anyway ..... ?? i'm confused.