Pope Francis’ Messages Not Sitting Well with Italian Mafia

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Franco Origlia/Getty Images(ROME) — Sarah Palin isn’t the only one “taken aback” by Pope Francis’ progressive messages. The Italian mafia is, too.

A lead state prosecutor in southern Italy says he’s learned criminal bosses are bothered by the pope’s outspoken criticism of corruption and the mafia.

Pope Francis recently condemned the mafia for exploiting and enslaving people and called on members of organized crime to “repent.”

This week, when talking about corruption, he quoted a passage from the bible, which stated that some sinners should be tied to a rock and thrown into the ocean.

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