>Time Magazine has an interesting article on the “Pope and the Mob.” The article begins by introducing how Pope John Paul II dealt with the Mob. The article begins as follows:
John Paul II set a powerful precedent for how a Roman Pontiff can take on the Italian Mob. In May 1993, after a high-profile spate of Mafia killings, the Pope denounced the Mob’s “culture of death” in an emotionally charged sermon in Agrigento, Sicily, the home turf of Cosa Nostra. “I say to those responsible: Convert!” he intoned, shaking his clenched fist and index finger. “One day, the judgment of God will arrive!” Two months after the dramatic papal appeal, the Mafia bombed two historic churches in Rome.
Now, you have to read the article to find out how the present Pope, Pope Benedict XVI deals with the Mob.
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Tags: Benedict XVI, Catholic Church, John Paul II, Pope, Religion
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