Anti-Mafia Martyrs in John Paul II’s Teaching
Martyrs who fight the mafia within the Catholic Church is a category that only recently – during John Paul II’s pontificate – becomes relevant in the pastoral discourse, with mediatic consequences of no small importance, and that only with the beatification of the priest Pino Puglisi on May 25th, 2013 has an official ecclesiastical recognition. John Paul II is the pope who first has expressed a persuasive condemnation against the mafia. If the new element in the magisterial discourse is the understanding of the mafia not only as a legal problem or a social diorder, or as a moral debate, but as a political and cultural issue, which affects society as a whole, however the answer to the criminal organisation suggested by the pope remains within a perspective to be included in the broader wojtylian strategy of the new evangelization, anchored to a pessimistic analysis of contemporary society. The anti-mafia martyrs finally find space thanks to the wider process of enlargement of the concept of martyrdom, favored by John Paul II’s extensive use of the canonisation as an instrument of ecclesiastical governament.