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JUN 19, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Pope Francis To Visit Mafia Heartland Of Italy, Despite Dangers

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis will travel to the heartland of the Italian mafia for the first time Saturday (June 21), visiting the southern town where a 3-year-old was murdered in a local drug war earlier this year. Security will be extremely tight when the pope makes his one-day visit to Cassano allo Ionio in Calabria, one of Italy’s poorest regions, in what is certain to be his most powerful political statement against organized crime. The trip has renewed questions about Francis’ health; on Thursday, Vatican officials said he would not lead a religious procession on the streets of ... Read More

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