>> Pope Francis has some strong words for the mafia. On Wednesday, he told members of the crime group, many of whom worship at church, that they cannot call themselves Christian.>>
>> It's the pontiff's strongest attack on organized crime in nearly four years. Many members of mafia groups in Italy, such as Sicily's Cosa Nostra and Calambria's 'Ndrangheta, see themselves as part of a religious cult like group. That's particularly true in the small towns and cities of the south.
They take part in Catholic sacraments, attend services, and in some cases, have made church men complicit in their crimes. Pope Francis is not the first to take them on. In 1993, Pope John Paul warned Sicily's Cosa Nostra that they would one day face the justice of God. The group responded with bomb attacks against several churches in Rome.
But this week Pope Francis also delivered a message of peace.>>