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Oct 10, 2011 12:47
Category: Religious News

Pope urges southern Italian residents to care for eachother

     LAMEZIA TERME, Italy (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI has denounced the
mafia that plagues southern Italy, urging residents there to
respond to the region's suffering by caring for one another and the
common good.
     Benedict made the comments Sunday while celebrating an open-air
Mass in Calabria in the "toe" of boot-shaped Italy.
     The region is home to a mafia which is one of the world's
biggest cocaine traffickers. Calabria is also one of the poorest
regions in Italy.
     Benedict said high unemployment and Calabria's "often inhuman
criminality wound the fabric of society."
     He praised Calabrians for their ability to live with such
problems and urged them to continue responding to the ills
afflicting the region with faith and Christian values.