Italy has placed itself on lockdown due to the coronavirus fears. In the midst of that not only has a “leading figure of the ‘Ndrangheta of Locri” been arrested, but at least six priests have died from coronavirus.
First, Yahoo News reports:
Rome (AFP) – A top ‘Ndrangheta clan member was arrested in Italy after police, helped by the anti-coronavirus lockdown, spotted the fugitive smoking inside a seemingly deserted safe house, authorities said Friday.
Cesare Cordi, described by police as a “leading figure of the ‘Ndrangheta of Locri” in southern Calabria, had been on the run since August, when a judge issued a warrant for the 42-year-old’s arrest.
Thanks to the empty streets and stay-at-home orders imposed throughout the country due to the coronavirus risk, the police, who had been tracking Cordi for days, found him at a house in the town of Bruzzano Zeffirio, at the tip of Italy’s boot, late on Thursday.
“The faint glow of a cigarette — caught through the crack of a shutter — was enough to give the carabinieri the certainty that in that house was the wanted man,” the police of the province of Reggio Calabria, who staged the raid, said in a statement.
About a dozen people linked to the Locri clan were arrested in August on suspicion of various crimes, including mafia-type association, extortion, illegal competition, fraudulent transfer of assets, and possession of and carrying weapons in public.
The ‘Ndrangheta, a loose confederation of about 100 organised groups centred in the Calabria region, is considered the country’s most powerful and most organised crime syndicate.
Cordi’s father Antonio was head of the Locri clan before his death in 2007.
Additionally, Catholic News Agency reports on at least seven priests that have allegedly died due to coronavirus.
.- A Catholic priest has died in Italy from coronavirus, and local Italian media reported Sunday the death of several others. No priests have previously been reported dead from the global pandemic, which has struck Italy more gravely than nearly any other country in the world.
Monsignor Vincenzo Rini was a priest of the Diocese of Cremona, close to Milan, and near Italy’s epicenter of the pandemic. Rini died Saturday.
Msgr. Rini ran Cremona’s diocesan newspaper for 30 years, and was at one time the president of the Italian bishops’ news agency. He was also a novelist, and a noted literary expert, who served as the Church’s liaison to the Cristina di Savoia Cultural Congresses, which aim to promote Christian culture in Italy.
In Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, journalistic colleagues of Rini wrote that the priest “represented an open window to hope, the virtue that had always characterized his life.”
He will be buried in the chapel of the diocesan cemetery in Cremona. Bishop Antonio Napolioni of Cremona, himself recovering from coronavirus, expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the priest.
In addition to Rini, 6 priests in the Diocese of Bergamo have been reported dead of the coronavirus by Italian news site bergamonews.it. CNA has not been able independently confirm the Bergamonews report.
According to Bergamonews, Bishop Francesco Bechi told Italian journalists that in addition to six priests in his diocese who have died of the virus, 20 others have been hospitalized.
Bergamo, a city northest of Milan, has been identified as the region most afflicted by infections of coronavirus in the country.
More than 21,000 people in Italy have been infected with coronavirus, and nearly 1,500 have died.
Priests in other countries have also been afflicted with coronavirus. Earlier this month, a French priest was hospitalized with the virus, and last week a priest in Peru was among the first patients to be hospitalized for coronavirus in that country.
Now, remember, the Vatican has worked to cover up child trafficking, priests molesting nuns and children, sodomite pedophile priests and the like.
It makes you wonder if this is a strategic justice that is being brought about, which is quite possible or if this is just mere random chance.
Personally, I don’t believe in chance.
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