Pope Francis To Hold Vigil With Victims Of Mafia Violence

wochit news
March 21, 2014 AT 4:26 AM
Pope Francis was set to hold a vigil with representatives of the thousands who have lost loved ones at the hands of the Mafia on Friday. According to Libera, an organization that battles organized crime, some 700 families representing 15,000 people will gather with the pontiff in Rome Friday morning. While Italy has long battled the Mafia's influence, recent mob hits have shocked the country. The January slaying of Nicola “Coco” Campolongo , a 3-year-old who was shot dead and burned virtually beyond recognition, sparked nationwide outrage.