· The Pope's day with the people of Cassano all’Jonio ·
In Cassano all'Jonio
Pope Francis excommunicates members of the mafia. This was the news that
circled the globe instantaneously. But for the 250,000 faithful who braved the
oppressive heat at Marina di Sibari on
Saturday afternoon for the Mass celebrated by the Pope, it was a breath of
hope. And their thunderous and long applause seemed to
be their cry for redemption that runs through the whole of
But it wouldn't be
right to reduce Pope Francis' entire day to that warning to those involved
in organized crime, whether it be the
’ndrangheta, the mafia or the camorra. The people of Cassano showed the Pope
the true face of the
Then Pope Francis
entered the garden of a family that had asked him to stop by, bringing a moment
of joy to people to suffer every day.
Casa Lufrano can be found at the end of the road which links Cassano to Sibari,
that same road which the Pope had taken to arrive at the place where he
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 18, 2019
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