A Puglia priest who unsuccessfully tried to hold a Mass in memory of a Canadian 'Ndrangheta mafia boss killed in Quebec in May was holed up in his house and refusing to talk to journalists after the local bishop cancelled the service Tuesday.
An aide to the priest told the media Father Michele Delle
Foglie would shortly express his official position on the case,
which has caused controversy in Italy.
The aide read out a note from Father Delle Foglie saying he
would make "a statement to the faithful and not to the
citizenry, to whom the invitation to pray in suffrage (for late
boss Rocco Sollecito) was not addressed.
"There has been talk of a Mass in honour of the boss, and
even a funeral, which is absurd! That poor man has been lying
dead and buried in Canada since the end of May".
Father Dell Foglie also complained that the letter cancelling
the Mass, written by the bishop of Bari-Bitonto, Msgr Francesco
Cacucci, was handed over to the media "late yesterday evening
before it came into the hands of the parish priest".