Pope excommunicates mafia, urges expulsion from clan heartland - Yahoo News Philippines: "The pope's trip to what is the second-poorest region in the south of Italy aims not only to remember child victims but also highlight the problems the young have in escaping the pervasive grip of the wealthy 'Ndrangheta.
Unemployment among the under-25s in the region stands at 56.1 percent -- the highest in Italy in 2013 according to Eurostat -- and local mobsters thrive by offering idle youngsters work, luring them into their networks.
According to Save the Children Italy, more than a third of all families in the impoverished south live in communities known to be under the control of clans.
- Youths 'must say no' -
Many of the inmates the pope met at Castrovillari were serving time for mafia-related crimes."
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