'Mafia martyr' Don Giuseppe Puglisi beatified in Sicily
25 May 2013 Last updated at 16:39 BST
More than 50,000 people have attended the beatification of Don Giuseppe Puglisi, a Roman Catholic priest murdered by the Mafia in 1993.
The ceremony, in the Sicilian capital Palermo, marks the penultimate step on the path to being made a saint.
The BBC's David Willey in Rome said that Saturday's ceremony "marked something of a turning point in the attitude of the authorities here to the Mafia".
"This is a strong statement not only from the Catholic Church, but from Rome", he added.