Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

News comes amidst stories about Francis' failing health

Disregarding safety warnings in addition to concerns about his health, Pope Francis will travel to the mafia heartland of Calabria for the first time this weekend. Calabria was where a young boy was murdered in the crossfires of a criminal gang war.

Pope Francis' determination to rattle organized crime groups has sparked warnings that he himself could become a target for the mafia.

Pope Francis' determination to rattle organized crime groups has sparked warnings that he himself could become a target for the mafia.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

6/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope, Mafia, health, warnings, Cosa Nostra

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - His itinerary to in one of the poorest regions of Italy will also see the pontiff visiting a prison, hospital and care home in and around Cassano allo Ionio. He will then celebrate mass with an expected 100,000 pilgrims.

There have been concerns about the Pope's health as of late. There was the abrupt decision to cancel his popular morning Mass until September, and all general mid-week audiences in July.

Help put food into the hands of needy children -- by going here --

The pope in Calabria is expected to speak out about two of the region's biggest challenges: youth unemployment and the pervasive grip of the immensely powerful and secretive 'Ndrangheta crime group.
Unemployment among people under 25 years of age in the region stands at 56.1 percent, the highest in Italy. Local mobsters thrive by offering idle youngsters well-paid work, luring them into their networks.

The Argentine pope has previously denounced Italy's mafia organizations, which also include Sicily's Cosa Nostra and Stidda, Campania's Comorra and Puglia's Sacra Corona Unita, warning mobsters to relinquish their "bloodstained money . which cannot be taken to heaven."
Pope Francis met with relatives of mafia victims in May, including the families of butchered children and priests. Francis warned gangsters that they would "go to hell" if they did not repent.

When John Paul II voiced a similar threat in Sicily in 1993, Cosa Nostra responded by bombing two historic churches in Rome.

Francis' determination to rattle organized crime groups has sparked warnings that he himself could become a target for the mafia.

Respected Calabrian state prosecutor Nicola Gratteri said "Ndrangheta was nervous". If the mafia bosses can trip him up, they won't hesitate," he said.

The Vatican brushed off the warning, insisting there was "no reason for concern."


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Living Faith

Come together this Thanksgiving with a beautiful prayer Watch

Image of Each year thousands of families celebrate Thanksgiving, but make the food their priority. This year, make God and all He has given us your priority.


Each year, millions of people across the United States rush to grocery stores and prepare to visit their families in celebration of Thanksgiving. Visiting loved ones and enjoying a specially prepared meal are both wonderful parts of celebrating, but don't forget to ... continue reading

Pope Francis: Jesus is weeping over a WORLD AT WAR

Image of Pope Francis mourns a world at war.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has made it clear, Jesus is weeping over a world at war. It has become obvious that this is a time of extreme danger for all people around the globe. No population is safe from terror. The threats aren't just from terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al ... continue reading

Oxford to begin study of Catholic relics. Here are 5 macabre relics people venerate from around the world Watch

Image of The skull of St. Thomas Aquinas.


The veneration of relics in the Catholic Church has been one of the most debated practices in the faith. While such veneration is actually common in the human experience -even Communists did it with the body of Lenin, the veneration of relics in the Church is the ... continue reading

Nine bishops, one abbot, dine and dialogue with peace activists Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

During the recent U.S. Catholic bishops' fall assembly in Baltimore, several bishops and one abbot, decided to skip dinner at the downtown Marriott Waterfront hotel, and walked several blocks to an inner city parish to share a simple meal with about 30 peace ... continue reading

Woman turns her cancer over to Jesus Christ - survives, thrives Watch

Image of Heather King shares her struggles in her new memoir,

By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Heather King never cared much for doctors. Los Angeles, CA (CNA) - It's an attitude she partly inherited from her mother, "who classified ginger ale as a medicine, considered Novocain a snobbish extravagance" and somehow managed to avoid a visit to the doctor's office ... continue reading

Top 5 ways to find joy Watch

Image of Find happiness in spite of the darkness.


It is easy to fall prey to depression and sadness with everything that has been going on in the world these days. The trick to maintaining a positive attitude and living in the joy God has for us is as easy as following five simple steps. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading

Want to lose the War on Christmas? Surrender Advent Watch

Image of What millions of Christians do a day after expressing thanks for what they already have.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Want to lose the War on Christmas? Surrender Advent. We Christians have gone out of our minds, arguing about Starbucks cups and greeters who (correctly) say "Happy Holidays" in place of "Merry Christmas." In all the bustle of the season, we have forgotten that Advent ... continue reading

Cardinal Sarah releases new book, 'God or Nothing,' on civilization's fall from grace Watch

Image of Without God, the cardinal said,

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

At the presentation of his new book, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that Western society is rapidly forgetting God, and expressed his desire to help people rediscover him through both prayer and witness. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - "I would like to help people ... continue reading

Holy Door in St. Peter's basilica to open for first time in 15 years for Holy Year of Mercy Watch

Image of The rite of the opening of the Holy Door is intended to symbolically illustrate the idea that the Church's faithful are offered an

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

Hidden since the Jubilee of 2000, the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica was revealed Tuesday as the brick wall covering it was removed in anticipation of the Holy Year of Mercy launching next month. Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the ... continue reading

5 powerful Bible verses you need when fear and terror strike Watch

Image of


Fear is a powerful thing. Fear can completely cripple the body and soul. Since the terrifying Paris terrorist attacks last week the news has been full of death, terrorists, murder and fear. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Those not in power are left wondering ... continue reading

All Living Faith News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Catherine Laboure: Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • Evidence mounts: U.S. supplying ISIS, herding fighters towards Syria ...
  • Daily Readings for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • A special look into the inspirational meeting between Pope Francis ...
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • Your Daily Inspirational Meme: God is good
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 7:2-14
2 Daniel said, 'I have been seeing visions in the night. I saw that the ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81
75 Bless the Lord, mountains and hills, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:29-33
29 And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree and indeed every ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 27th, 2015 Image

St. James Intercisus
November 27: James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of ... Read More