Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Planned Mass in Italy for Reputed Montreal Mobster Is Scrapped after Outcry

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Planned Mass in Italy for Reputed Montreal Mobster Is Scrapped after Outcry

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Mass for reputed Montreal mobster is scrapped

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MONTREAL - Rocco Sollecito, a reputed Mafia leader in Montreal who was murdered last May, was denied a public commemoration Mass in Italy on Tuesday due to his infamy.

An archbishop and a local police chief forced the cancellation of the mass in Grumo Appula, a small town of Sollecito's roots, part of the larger metropolitan area of the city of Bari, in southern Italy.

Sollecito, 67, was assassinated while driving his car in Laval, just north of Montreal. He was a childhood friend and later a close associate of Vito Rizzuto, the reputed leader of a large crime syndicate in Montreal who died in 2013 shortly after his release from prison.

A priest in the small town posted notices inviting parishioners to mass Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m. But the police chief ordered the mass held at dawn instead to avoid drawing a big crowd. …

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