Papal audience

Pope Francis caresses a child after visiting the inmates of the prison of Castrovillari in southern Italy. The pope on Saturday was paying a one-day visit to Castrovillari and Cassano allo Jonio, in the Calabria region. Francis strongly denounced organized crime syndicates in Italy during a Saturday Mass, saying members of the Calabrian Mafia were "excommunicated from the church." The pope made the comments during a visit to the country's southern region, which has been rocked by mob-related violence, including the killings of a priest and a child in recent months.
Pope Francis caresses a child after visiting the inmates of the prison of Castrovillari in southern Italy. The pope on Saturday was paying a one-day visit to Castrovillari and Cassano allo Jonio, in the Calabria region. Francis strongly denounced organized crime syndicates in Italy during a Saturday Mass, saying members of the Calabrian Mafia were "excommunicated from the church." The pope made the comments during a visit to the country's southern region, which has been rocked by mob-related violence, including the killings of a priest and a child in recent months. Adriana Sapone/AP photo

Pope Francis caresses a child after visiting the inmates of the prison of Castrovillari in southern Italy. The pope on Saturday was paying a one-day visit to Castrovillari and Cassano allo Jonio, in the Calabria region. Francis strongly denounced organized crime syndicates in Italy during a Saturday Mass, saying members of the Calabrian Mafia were "excommunicated from the church." The pope made the comments during a visit to the country's southern region, which has been rocked by mob-related violence, including the killings of a priest and a child in recent months.

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