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Story: In a small country village in Sicily, there were two brothers, renown members of the local Mafia.

They were mean, bad and very rich.

No one had a good word to say about them.

Indeed, everyone seemed to have a story about how they had either been cheated or maligned by the brothers.

One day, one of the brothers, Luigi died.

The surviving brother, Guiseppe - with a rare touch of conscience, felt that something nice should be said about his brother Luigi at the funeral.

So he went to the local vicar and said:

“I know that folk in the village hate us, and they dont know the half of what we have been up to. However, I want you to say something nice about Luigi at his funeral. I want you to say that “Luigi was a saint” when you preach.

If you will agree to do that, I’ll show my gratitude by giving £100,000 towards the repair of the church roof. And here’s the cheque.

If you don’t, you’ll be in big trouble with me and don’t forget that my reputation is not for nothing.”

The vicar thought about it for a minute, agreed and took the cheque for £100 K.

A week later, the whole village turned out for the funeral and everyone wondered what the vicar would say.

After the opening hymns had been sung and the readings had been read, the vicar climbed up into the pulpit and delivered his sermon.

Eyeing Guiseppe, sitting in the front row, the vicar said...

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