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Sicilian anti-Mafia priest to receive beatification

'Pino' Puglisi honored as a martyr

28 June, 15:10
Sicilian anti-Mafia priest to receive beatification (ANSA) - Vatican City, June 28 - An Italian anti-Mafia priest murdered in 1993, Giuseppe 'Pino' Puglisi, is to receive beatification by Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican sources said on Thursday.

Pope Benedict authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promote Puglisi as a martyr killed by those who have "hate for the faith".

In recent years the number of clergymen who have risked their lives to fight the Mafia has risen, led by the example of Puglisi who was gunned down on his 56th birthday in the Brancaccio neighborhood of Palermo, Sicily.

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