On his first papal visit to the city of Naples, Pope Benedict (right) denounced yesterday the criminal activity and culture of violence of the Camorra criminal society, according to a report by Phil Steward of the Reuters news service.
"...That violence tends to become a widespread mentality... with the risk of especially attracting the young," the pope warned.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples delivered a similar message, stating, "Violence is always an offense against God."
Naples, somewhat ironically, is hosting an inter-faith conference on the role of religion in combatting worldwide violence. The city, which is the traditional home of the Camorra, has been plagued by violence. Last November, the Italian government considered sending in military forces to halt the clashes between Camorra gangs.
At that time, Campania regional Governor Antonio Bassolino called the Camorra, "a deadly cancer."