Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
PALERMO

Mafia-seized property given to murdered priest's parish

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Palermo, May 9 - Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando
signed an authorization on Thursday to hand over property
confiscated from the Sicilian Mafia to the parish of murdered
priest Father Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, killed by the mob in
1993.
Puglisi was gunned down by the Mafia on his 56th birthday
in the Brancaccio neighbourhood of Palermo, where the property
was confiscated.
The parish of San Gaetano will use the property, first
seized in 1995, "not only as a place of worship, but also a
place for socializing and gathering for the whole neighborhood,"
parish priest Father Maurizio Francoforte said.
Preparations are underway for the process of beatifying
the anti-Mafia priest Puglisi, whose remains were transported to
Palermo's main cathedral in April in preparation for the May 25
beatification ceremony.
"Don Puglisi has become a worldwide example of faith and
social commitment," Cardinal Paolo Romeo, Archbishop of Palermo,
said.

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