Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

2014-03-21 21:17
Pope Francis (Picture: AFP)

Pope Francis (Picture: AFP)

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Rome - Pope Francis has warned mobsters they will go to Hell if they don't repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power."

Francis delivered the forceful, off-the-cuff speech to a prayer vigil on Friday for relatives of people killed by the mafia, during which the names of 842 victims were read aloud.

Francis said he couldn't leave the service without speaking to those not present: the "protagonists" of mafia violence.

He said "this life that you live now won't give you pleasure. It won't give you joy or happiness."

The pope went on to say that "blood-stained money, blood-stained power, you can't bring it with you to your next life. Repent. There's still time to not end up in Hell, which is what awaits you if you continue on this path."

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