"The 'Ndrangheta has used its drug connections with Colombia and its quiet stranglehold on many businesses in northern Italy to overtake Sicily's Cosa Nostra and rack up revenue of €44bn (£37bn) a year, according to a 2008 study."
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"Ulysses Panetta , who was arrested September 2012 as part of the operation that bears his name, is considered the head of the local 'Ndrangheta of Giussano (Milan)."
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How the Vatican Mafia Began
Benedict resigned to purge the Church of 'The Filth', says John Cornwell.
JOHN CORNWELL in the dailymail
When a Pope resigns, all the Vatican's top office-holders, in the Curia, lose their jobs.
In January 2013, Benedict received a report on the Curia.
The Vatican Bank "was rocked by scandal in the early Eighties for links with the mafia."
The former president of the Vatican Bank, Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, "once told me he appropriated $250 million from the Vatican pension fund to pay a fine, levied by the Italian government, for financial misdemeanours."
Some of the Vatican bureaucrats "frequent discreet bars, saunas and ‘safe houses’. On another level there are individuals known to have a weakness for sex with minors.
"It appears the people who procure these sexual services have become greedy. They have been putting the squeeze on their priestly clients to launder cash through the Vatican. There is no suggestion that the bank has knowingly collaborated.
"But in January, Italy’s central bank suspended credit-card activities inside Vatican City for ‘anti-money-laundering reasons’...
"In March 2010, a 29-year-old chorister in St Peter’s was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes, one of them a seminarian, for a papal gentleman-in-waiting who was also a senior adviser in the Curial department that oversees the church’s worldwide missionary activities...
"In 2011, Dr Richard Sipe, a greatly respected world expert on the priestly abuse scandal, declared that only the Pope’s resignation would resolve the paedophile priest crisis. Sipe charged that ‘along with other bishops, Benedict was complicit earlier in tolerating and covering up the crimes of the priests’...
"This month a documentary film, Mea Maxima Culpa, is on release in the UK. It claims that Benedict, as Cardinal Ratzinger, refused to remove a paedophile priest called Father Murphy in the Nineties."
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