Italian Mafia's New Target: Pope Francis?
Mobsters 'nervous and agitated' by pontiff's anti-corruption stance, prosecutor says
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2013 7:04 AM CST
In this Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis leaves after an audience with families in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.   (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

(Newser) – Pope Francis' anti-corruption stance could put him at risk from "the most dangerous, most unified, and most difficult to penetrate" mafia clan in Italy, an Italian prosecutor tells the Washington Post. As "Pope Francis is dismantling centers of economic power in the Vatican," mobsters are "nervous and agitated" that their dealings with corrupt bishops could come to an end, says prosecutor Nicola Gratteri, who's battled the 'Ndrangheta mob clan, told an Italian daily, per the Guardian. "I don't know if organized crime is in a position to do something, but certainly they are thinking about it."

Gratteri continued: "'Ndrangheta and the church walk hand in hand ... The mafia that invests, that launders money, that therefore has the real power, is the mafia which has got rich for years" off of its alliance with the church. But after a fiery speech against corruption earlier this week and several pope-backed reforms in the Vatican, "it could be dangerous," said Gratteri. Even though about 88% of jailed mobsters are religious, and a 'Ndrangheta mobster often prays before killing, "they wouldn't hesitate" to "trip him up," Gratteri said.

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vonlmo
Jan 11, 2014 2:13 PM CST
he should threaten them w excommunication & cannonisation to hell.....that'll solve crime in italy overnight.
clarenccharlie
Nov 16, 2013 5:50 PM CST
find a legal way to put a monkey ranch or a hair pin in all mafia operation from drug runners to their bank & property .Please help they given me nothing but trouble if people help they may slown down every time they hassel me wish we can return 2-3 time more trouble keep it legal hate friends to get arrested
TheGunts
Nov 15, 2013 5:12 PM CST
Jesus must be rolling over in his grave. Oh no, wait a minute... He what?