Born in the Brancaccio neighborhood of Palermo, Fr. Giuseppe Puglisi was ordained a priest in 1960. Aware of the difficult reality of the city, in his pastoral activities he worked to bring in an ever increasing number of young people into the parish groups, thereby taking them off the streets. His efforts marked an open and declared struggle against the mafia, which, feeling threatened, commissioned his murder. Fr. Puglisi, Pope Francis said, "was an exemplary priest, especially dedicated to the pastoral care of youth. In teaching boys in accordance with the Gospel he saved them from the criminal underworld and thus the latter sought to get the better of him by killing him. However, in fact it is he who won, with the Risen Christ".