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Pope urges apparent mafia killers of 3-year old to repent

Published on Jan 27, 2014 6:22 AM
 
Pope Francis leads the vespers on Jan 25, 2014 at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (San Paolo Basilica). Pope Francis urged the killers of a three-year-old boy murdered in southern Italy as part of an apparent mafia hit to repent on Sunday after a crime that he said was unprecedented. -- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (REUTERS) - Pope Francis urged the killers of a three-year-old boy murdered in southern Italy as part of an apparent mafia hit to repent on Sunday after a crime that he said was unprecedented.

The charred body of Nicola Campolongo, known as "Coco", was found along with that of his grandfather Giuseppe and a young Moroccan woman in a burnt-out car in the town of Cassano Jonio near Cosenza in Calabria last week.

According to Italian media reports, investigators believe the boy's 52-year-old grandfather Giuseppe Iannicelli was the real target of mafia killers who shot all three people in the car in the head before apparently torching the vehicle.

"This violence against such a small child seems without precedent in the history of crime," the pope said during his weekly Angelus address in St Peter's Square.

 
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