Priest escapes bleach poisoning, mafia suspected | EUROtoday

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Felice Palamara undoubtedly lives as much as her title. Saturday February 24, this priest, whose first title comes from the Latin “ felicitas”, which implies “ luck”, escaped loss of life for the second time in a month in Pannaconi, Calabria (Italy).

While celebrating mass within the church of this city which has round a thousand souls, the person of the Church observed a “ strong smell emanating from wine and water,” report our colleagues from Le Parisien. These would certainly have been reduce with bleach.

Serial intimidation towards native clergy

Asthmatic and affected by coronary heart issues, the person might have succumbed to this tried poisoning. Already final month, Felice Palamara had the misfortune of seeing her automotive set on hearth. The automobile was parked close to the church.

READ ALSO Drug trafficking: “Mafiosi are economic extremists”In the small neighboring city of Cessaniti, one other priest, Francesco Pontoriero, was additionally apprehensive. The man acquired threatening letters at his house and found a useless cat on the hood of his automotive.

Mafia suspect number one

The Calabrian mafia, the very highly effective 'Ndrangheta, is strongly suspected of being on the origin of those incidents. The elected mayor of Pannaconi resigned this summer time, after an investigation revealed the affect of the 'Ndrangheta inside his workforce. Since August, the town has been administered by a prefectural commissioner.

Italian and European justice has been significantly energetic in latest months in direction of the 'Ndrangheta. In May, a police operation carried out collectively in eight nations – together with France – resulted in 150 searches and gave rise to a large-scale trial, the most important in thirty years, in November.