A Mass in memory of a Canadian 'Ndrangheta mafia boss killed in Quebec in May was cancelled Tuesday morning in a village near the Puglia city of Bari.
The priest at Grumo Appula had wanted a public ceremony in
memory of Rocco Sollecito Tuesday afternoon but was slapped down
by the local bishop, who first ordered a strictly private
ceremony at six o'clock in the morning and then, at the last
minute, ordered the doors shut.
The priest, Father Michele Delle Foglie, said he would appeal
to Pope Francis "to receive me as a father welcomes a grieving
'Ndrangheta, the Calabrian-based mafia, has strong offshoots
abroad and especially in Canada and Australia.
It is Italy's richest and strongest mafia, having overtaken
Sicily's Cosa Nostra thanks to its dominance of the European