Italian church hails arrest of kingpin, but warns anti-mafia fight isn’t over | Crux

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Italian church hails arrest of kingpin, but warns anti-mafia fight isn’t over
A composite picture showing a computer generated image released by the Italian Police, right, and a picture of Mafia top boss Matteo Messina Denaro, left. (Credit: Italian Police, LaPresse via AP.)

ROME – In a scene reminiscent of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 cinematic sensation “The Godfather,” Italy’s most notorious mob boss was arrested Monday after 30 years on the run, a development celebrated by civil and ecclesial authorities alike.

A fugitive for the past 30 years, infamous Italian mobster Matteo Messina Denaro – tied to countless kidnappings, killings, and public attacks – was arrested Monday at the La Maddalena private clinic in Palermo, where he had been receiving treatment for over a year and had gone for a cycle of chemotherapy.

High-profile murders with which Denaro’s name has become associated over the years include that of the young Giuseppe Di Matteo, who was kidnapped in 1993 at the age of 12 then killed in 1996 and his body dissolved in acid; the 1992 slaying of prominent anti-mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino; and a string of mafia terrorist attacks in 1993 in Milan, Florence and Rome.

A longtime leader within Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mob, Denaro was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia and put on Italy’s most wanted list in 1993. In 2010, Forbes magazine labeled Denaro as among the top 10 most wanted and powerful criminals in the world.

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Italian church hails arrest of kingpin, but warns anti-mafia fight isn’t over | Crux

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