Pope Francis told shocked Mafia delegates at a meeting of Godfathers yesterday that their blood-stained money, blood-stained power and bllod stained handkerchiefs, can't now be taken with them into the next life when the new blood stain laundering measures take effect tomorrow. "Repent," he said.
He was speaking at a prayer vigil for relatives of those killed by the mafia. "You really are naughty boys!", he said "Dirty Harry and Wyatt Earp probably didn't shoot people in cissy cowardly ways like you do.
The Pope has spoken out frequently about the evils of corruption and wrote a booklet on the subject in 2005 when he was archbishop of Buenos Airies.
The meeting near Rome on Friday - organised by a citizens' group called Libera - was aimed at demonstrating the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to organised crime, rejecting historic ties with mafia bosses claiming to be good bad and ugly Catholics.
The pope told told Italy's mobsters to relinquish their 'blood-stained money' which 'cannot be taken into paradise'
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"This life that you live now won't give you pleasure. It won't give you joy or happiness," he said. Go to hell expert, Francis said, "There's still time to not end up in hell, which is what awaits you if you continue on this path. "Our correspondent says there is a long list of brave priests in Italy who have stood up to the mafia, and some have paid with lives, but he says that the wider Church has been accused of not doing enough to confront the gangsters. Anti-mafia activists hope that the Pope's words are a signal that he is on their side.