UPDATE 1-Pope asks Naples mobsters to repent and stop "mothers' tears"

sábado 21 de marzo de 2015 08:08 GYT

* Pope visits one of Naples' most dangerous neighbourhoods

* Urges residents to stand firm against organised crime

* Calls on criminals to "convert to love and justice" (Updates with homily at Mass; pope urges mobsters to repent)

By Philip Pullella

NAPLES, Italy, March 21 (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on members of organised crime to turn away from violence and exploitation and stop the "tears of the mothers of Naples" after he visited one of the city's most violent and drug-infested neighbourhoods on Saturday.

Francis, on a day-long trip to the southern city, also spoke out against political corruption in a morning address to a crowd in the notorious Scampia neighbourhood, a stronghold of clans of the Camorra, the Naples version of the Sicilian mafia.

He was speaking in the shadow of a dilapidated sail boat-shaped housing project known as Le Vele, so dangerous that even police are sometimes afraid to enter, residents say.

He urged residents of the blighted area, which has often been the battleground of Camorra clans fighting each other for control of drug trafficking and extortion rackets, not too let criminals rob them of their hope.

Later at a Mass in the city centre, Francis urged Neapolitans to "react firmly to organisations that exploit and corrupt young people, that exploit the poor and the weak with cynical drug trafficking and other crimes".   Continuación...