Vatican draws up plans to excommunicate mafia

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The Pope has told a Vatican commission to work on a new process for excommunicating Catholics convicted of corruption or mafia-related crimes.

The move follows his condemnation of corruption in a foreword to a book by Cardinal Peter Turkson, in which Francis described it as ‘a form of blasphemy, this cancer that weighs on our lives’.

Pope Francis has ordered a Vatican commission to clamp down on organised crime.Reuters

More than 50 lawyers, bishops, UN representatives and victims of organised crime met at the Vatican last week for an ‘International Debate on Corruption’.

Turkson himself said of the gathering: ‘We conceived of this meeting to face a phenomenon that leads to the trampling of the dignity of people.

‘Therefore it is up to us, and this Dicastery, to be able to protect and promote respect for the dignity of the person. And for this reason we seek to attract attention

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