|Vatican||JUDGE BANS PRIEST KILLER FROM VATICAN TV|
A judge has refused to allow a Mafia gunman who killed a Sicilian priest to appear on a Vatican television program. |
The court cited "reasons of security" for the ban on Salvatore Grigoli who confessed in 1997 to shooting Fr Giuseppe Puglisi in 1993 and is serving a 16-year sentence.
Fr Puglisi, who campaigned against the Mafia, was murdered just a few months after Pope John Paul toured Sicily and urged priests to speak out against organised crime.
Vatican television had invited Grigoli to appear on a TV program to talk about his alleged repentance and new-found faith.
The head of Vatican television, Monsignor Ugo Moretto, said Grigoli was invited because "he spilled the blood" of a priest but had since "been converted".
The event coincided with the Holy Year day devoted to the theme of blood.
|4 July 00|