The figure of Mary must be freed from mafia manipulation.

Pope Francis stressed this in his recent message, dated Aug. 15, 2020, the Feast of the Blessed Mother’s Assumption, in a letter to Fr. Stefano Cecchin, President of the Pontifical International Marian Academy, which recently created a department to specifically study criminal and mafia phenomena, with the goal of “freeing the figure of Our Lady from the influence of criminal organizations.”

On Friday, Sept. 18, at the Museo della Civilta in the EUR business district of Rome, a conference or ‘morning of study’ was held to welcome the Pope’s invitation and examine this.

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