Eric J. Lyman
November 13, 2013
Pope Francis could be at risk from the ‘Ndrangheta organized crime
organization, according to a leading anti-mob prosecutor who has himself
been the target of threats from the mafia.
Nicola Gratteri, 55, a state prosecutor in the southern Italian
region of Calabria, where the ‘Ndrangheta is most active, said the
pope’s effort to reform the church is making the ‘Ndrangheta “very
The organization is considered by experts in Italy to be the most
dangerous, most unified and most difficult to penetrate mafia-type
organization in the country.
“I cannot say if the organization is in a position to do something
like this, but they are dangerous and it is worth reflecting on,”
Gratteri warned. “If the godfathers can find a way to stop him, they
will seriously consider it.