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Pope prays mafiosi will follow God

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Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the "mafias" that turned people into "slaves" and prayed for gangsters to turn to God, a day after a slain priest was proclaimed the first "mafia martyr". 

Pope Francis waves after an open-air mass outside the church of Saints Elizabeth and Zachary in the northern Rome suburb of Prime Porta on May 26, 2013. Pope Francis on Sunday condemned the "mafias" that turned people into "slaves" and prayed for gangsters to turn to God, a day after a slain priest was proclaimed the first "mafia martyr".

"I think of all the pain of men, women and even children who are exploited by many mafias," Francis told tens of thousands of followers in St Peter's Square in a traditional weekly address.

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