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How pope upset Mafia
by Desmond O'Grady
June 24, 2006
THE Mafia has declared its verdict on Pope John Paul II: he was "offensive" to Sicilians, but commendable as an anti-communist.
The offence was supposedly taken in Agrigento, Sicily, in 1993, when John Paul, index finger raised to heaven, shouted that God would judge Mafia killers. He called the criminal organisation "a minority which dishonours Sicily".
A mafioso doctor, Antonino Cina, referred to this denunciation as "exaggerated" and "offensive" in Palermo two days after John Paul's death last year.
Extracts from the conversation - one of many secretly recorded by police - appeared in Milan's Corriere della Sera after police arrested 45 mafiosi in Palermo on Tuesday.
The conversations took place in a shed next to the home of Nino Rotolo, a condemned killer who was under house arrest for medical reasons.
The transcripts expose internal Mafia politicking and plans for the killing of errant members. They also show that while running a criminal organisation, the mafiosi took a moral tone, for example, adjudging Fidel Castro a torturer and deploring Brazilian police death squads.
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