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Planned mass in Italy for reputed Canadian mob boss scrapped

Officers investigate the fatal shooting of presumed head of Montreal’s Italian mafia, Rocco Sollecito, Friday, May 27, 2016.
Officers investigate the fatal shooting of presumed head of Montreal’s Italian mafia, Rocco Sollecito, Friday, May 27, 2016. Karol Dahl/Global News

An archbishop and a local police chief in southern Italy have forced the scrapping of a public mass for the soul of a reputed Canadian crime clan boss, slain near Montreal.

Rocco Sollecito, 67, was gunned down in May while driving his car.

Canadian police said Sollecito had high-level ties to the former reputed head of the Montreal Mafia.

A priest in Grumo Appula, the Italian town of Sollecito’s roots, posted notices inviting parishioners to mass Tuesday evening.

The police chief ordered the mass held at dawn instead to avoid drawing a big crowd.

Bari-Bitonto Archbishop Francesco Cacucci also opposed the evening public mass as a “great scandal.”

He called it inappropriate for someone who didn’t live a Christian life.

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In the end, no mass at all was celebrated.