Pope Francis visits town plagued by environmental crime and reaffirms his stance against the mafia. Gavino Garay reports.
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Some 200,000 people gather in the Italian town of Caserta as Pope Francis reaffirms his stance against mafiosi and illegal dumping of toxic waste.
The area's been notoriously termed "fire country" for decades worth of pollution due to the uncontrolled dumping and burning of trash, linked to Naples' version of the mafia known as the Camorra.
(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING:
"It is particularly important in this beautiful region of yours which requires being protected and conserved, it requires us to have the courage to say no to any form of corruption and illegality."
(NAT SOUND - APPLAUSE)
Caserta is considered one of the strongholds of the Camorra, and the illegal burning of trash has been linked to unusually high levels of cancers.
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