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'Stop doing evil,' pope tells mafia

Published on Mar 22, 2014 3:08 AM

ROME (AFP) - Pope Francis called on the mafia to "stop doing evil" as he met relatives of their victims on Friday to demonstrate the Catholic Church's opposition to organised crime.

Over a thousand people attended prayers with the pope at a church near the Vatican, where a list of 842 names of victims of mafia violence were read out - including butchered toddlers and renowned anti-mafia Judge Giovanni Falcone, blown up in his car in 1992.

The meeting was an attempt to draw a line under the Church's historic ties with dons claiming to be God-fearing Catholics.

"Men and women of the mafia... change your way of life. Stop doing evil, convert," the pontiff said.

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