Suspected Poisoning of Priest’s Chalice Linked to Italian Mafia

During the evening Mass on Feb. 24, Father Felice Palamara, a parish priest in Cessaniti, a village in south Italy, found himself once again targeted by the ‘Ndrangheta, a notorious criminal organization operating primarily in Calabria, the southern region of Italy often referred to as the “toe.”

Union Man Took His Ideas to the Grave Sans Headstone

In the late 1930s, longshoreman and union activist Pete Panto stood up to organized crime thugs, who kidnapped and murdered him. His grave has no headstone, but now efforts are underway to correct that.

Pope Francis Calls for ‘Freeing’ the Virgin Mary From the Devotion of the Mafia

The Pontifical Academy has promoted a conference to officially launch the Department of Analysis and Study of Criminal and Mafia Phenomena. The scope of the interdisciplinary body is to stop the influence of the underworld on religious events and places dedicated to the Virgin, including the “detours” taken by some Marian processions in southern Italy to salute mafia bosses under house arrest.