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Fr. Alberto Gaton. Photo courtesy of Fr. Alberto Gaton.

Meet the priest who has helped rescue thousands on the Mediterranean Sea

Feb 16, 2017

Father Alberto Gaton is the chaplain of a Spanish ship that combats human trafficking by rescuing people in the Mediterranean... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Mafia crime is 'radically opposed' to the Gospel, Pope says

Jan 23, 2017

By Elise Harris

Frequently an outspoken critic against organized crime, Pope Francis again came out with harsh words for those involved in the... Read more

Screenshot of the funeral of Vittorio Casamonica.

Rome angered over 'Godfather' themed funeral for alleged mob boss

Aug 22, 2015

An outlandish funeral for an alleged Italian mob boss, complete with a horse-drawn carriage, flower petals strewn from a helicopter... Read more

Pompeii with Mt Vesuvius in the background.

Here's what the Church in Pompei is doing about the mafia

Mar 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

Archbishop Tommaso Caputo of Pompei said that his diocese has welcomed the Pope’s recent condemnation of organized crime and has... Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian diocese of Cassano all’Jonio Feb 21, 2015.

If you are in organized crime, you are not a Christian, Pope says

Feb 21, 2015

You cannot call yourself a true believer if you participate in organized crime, Pope Francis told members of the Cassano... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Jul 13, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with... Read more

Italian Carabinieri police participate in a June 6, 2014 audience with Pope Francis.

Calabrian police take stand against mafia following Pope's visit

Jul 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

Two weeks after Pope Francis’ harsh condemnation of mafia corruption in the Italian region of Calabria, police abandoned a Marian... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square prior to a General Audience, May 22, 2013.

Pope Francis expresses solidarity with victims of mafia violence

Mar 21, 2014

At a Friday meeting and prayer vigil with families of mafia victims, Pope Francis shared his sympathy with them, and... Read more


Priest in Italy suspects mafia behind attack on parish

Aug 20, 2013

A priest in southern Italy believes that local mafia members may be behind a recent attack on his parish after... Read more