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Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone, in the Godfather

By Nick Squires, Rome  reported by The Telegraph

The pig’s mouth was stuffed with a wad of cloth in what was interpreted as a clear warning to the clergyman by the ‘Ndrangheta mafia.

The bloody head was left outside Father Ennio Stamile’s home in the town of Cetraro in Calabria, the ‘Ndrangheta’s stronghold.

The macabre gesture had chilling echoes of a famous scene in The Godfather in which a  Hollywood Producer  who refuses to do business with Don Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando in the 1972 film of the same name, wakes up to find the severed head of his favourite racehorse at the end of his bed.

It was the second threat received by the priest in five days – last week his car was vandalised.

Fr Stamile has been prominent in speaking out against organised crime in Cetraro, which gained notoriety for its high rate of mob-related murders

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