June 28, 2012

Giuseppe Puglisi

Pope Benedict on June 28, 2012, stated that Father Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, was killed in the hatred of the Faith.

This means that Pino Puglisi may be fast tracked to beatification. 

Giuseppe Puglisi was a popular Catholic Priest in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, who was killed by the Mafia in 1993. 

He was shot dead outside of his home.  He was killed on his 56th birthday.  Six men were sentenced to life in prison for his murder. 

Jesus, pray for Giuseppe
Giuseppe Puglisi was a vocal spokesman against the Mafia. He opened a shelter for underprivileged children. 

He asked his parishioners to stand against the Mafia and to give leads to the Police about Mafia activity. 

He asked young men to become educated, to not do drugs, and to not be involved in Mafia robberies. The Mafia were not happy with Giuseppe Puglisi.  They didn't want his interference in their criminal activities. 

Father Puglisi often said publicy - "And what if somebody did something?"  Which has become a slogan for anti-crime and anti-Mafia activists in Italy. 

Pray for those who stand up against injustice.  Amen

Pray that Giuseppe Puglisi is in Heaven. Amen

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