Pope Francis Bans Mafia Members from the Church

On a visit to the heart of Italy's Mafia territory, the Pope declared that all mobsters are excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
1:55 | 06/22/14

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We turn to the rather shocking move out of in the Vatican. Pope Francis taking a shot at the mob while on a trip through the heart of Italy's mafia territory. He announced all organized crime members are dickkicked out of the catholic church. Reporter: Francis took aim at the heart of Italy's mob. With an unscripted denuns united nations of organized crime. Calling irt the adoration of evil. Those who have taken this evil road, like the mobsters, are not in line with god. They are excommunicated. The crowd of 150,000 cheered when they heard his words. Never has a poem spoken so bluntly about the mob before. It is a body blow for mafia bosses in the region who like to present themselves as upstanding catholics. It's a remarkable thing for the pope to travel into their own territory to make this statement that they are not doing the work of god and far from it. Declaring that they're excommunicated. Do you renounce Satan? Reporter: The hypocrisy of the mafia's devout Ka thol schism was captured in "The godfather." This is the first time a pope has threatened to excommunicate the mafia. In 1983, pope John Paul used milder language warning they would one day face the justice of god. They responded by bombing several churches in Rome. Francis' anger can be tracked to a hit in January that killed a 3-year-old boy and his grandfather. He told the mafia bosses hell awaits you in you continue on this road. For "Good morning America," Jeffrey Kofman, ABC news, London.

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