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Organized Crime Harms Culture, Italian Cardinal Says on Visit to Mexico

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May 11, 2013

Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, speaks during a press conference Wednesday at Mexico City's Soumaya Museum. (EFE)

MEXICO CITY - Organized crime "is anti-culture" and sects associated with criminal activities, such as Mexico's Holy Death sect, are "blasphemous," Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said during a visit to Mexico.

"Organized crime is not culture, it is anti-culture. It cancels out the great values in social, human and personal relations," Ravasi, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said in a press conference at the Soumaya Museum.

Fighting organized crime requires more than just a law enforcement response from the state, Ravasi, who is close to Pope Francis, said.

"The critical element is education, the formation of a new human model" based on a "diversified" and "diffuse" culture, the cardinal said.

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