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Priest killed by Mafia one step closer to sainthood

May 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM   |   Comments

PALERMO, Italy, May 25 (UPI) -- A priest killed by the Mafia in 1993 has been beatified in a ceremony in Italy attended by more than 50,000 people, Catholic Church officials said.

The Rev. Giuseppe Puglisi is the first victim of organized crime to be declared a martyr, the BBC reported Saturday.

A cardinal representing Pope Francis, 40 bishops and government ministers were present at the ceremony in Palermo, which is the next-to-last step in canonization.

Puglisi was born in Palermo and ordained a priest at age 22. He became a target of the Mafia after he denounced crime in his parish and alleged there was collusion between politicians and Mafia figures.

He was killed on his 56th birthday. Six men are serving life sentences for his murder.

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