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Pope Benedict XVI is greeted by faithful as he arrives by popemobile to celebrate an open-air mass at Palermo, in the island of Sicily, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute Sunday to a Palermo priest slain by the Mafia and encouraged Sicilians not to resign themselves to deep-rooted evil on an island where organized crime has held sway for centuries. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

PALERMO, Sicily — The Sicilian Cosa Nostra was not on the lips of  Pope Benedict XVI who paid tribute Sunday to a priest slain by the Sicilian Mafia and encouraged people in Sicily not to resign themselves to deep-rooted evil on an island where organized crime has held sway for centuries.

Sicilians had been hoping Benedict would use his words and presence during his first visit as pontiff to give a boost to efforts to try to rid the island of Cosa Nostra.

“The temptation toward discouragement, to resignation, comes to those who are weak in faith, to those who confuse evil with good, to those who think that, faced with often profound evil, there is nothing to do,” Benedict told tens of thousands of faithful at Mass at a sunshine-drenched park alongside Palermo’s waterfront.

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