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->''"Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! [[WhileYouWereInDiapers I made my bones while you were going out with cheerleaders]]!"''


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* WhileYouWereInDiapers: He proclaims as such to Michael, when he is angered by his dismissive attitude towards him.

* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: His character is loosely based on Vito Genovese, a ruthless mob boss who sought to become the "Boss of all Bosses" by capitalizing on the sale of narcotics and eliminating all potential rivals within the criminal underworld, most notably Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia and Lucky Luciano. Also had some elements of Joe Bonanno, who, like Genovese, wanted to become the Mafia's overlord by eliminating several of his rivals by using Joe Colombo and Joe Magliocco as fronts.


* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: His character is loosely based on Vito Genovese, a Genovese and Joe Bonanno, two ruthless mob boss bosses who sought to become the "Boss of all Bosses" by capitalizing on cornering the sale of narcotics market and eliminating all potential rivals within the criminal underworld, most notably Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia and Lucky Luciano. Also had some elements of Joe Bonanno, who, like Genovese, wanted to become the Mafia's overlord by eliminating several of his rivals by using Joe Colombo and Joe Magliocco as underworld via fronts.

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[[folder: Virgil Sollozzo]]
[[caption-width-right:212:''"What guarantees can I give you?"'']]
->''"I don't like violence, Tom. I'm a businessman. Blood is a big expense."''

->'''Portrayed By''': Al Lettieri

A freelance criminal allied with the Tattaglia family, who urges Vito and the other dons to expand into narcotics. He engineers the attempt on Vito's life, setting the plot in motion.

* BigBadDuumvirate: He seems to be this with Tattaglia.
* BlatantLies: When Michael meets with him at the restaurant, Michael insists that any deal requires Sollozzo stopping his attempts to kill Vito. Sollozzo doesn't answer that request, deflecting it trying to claim "I'm the hunted one... You think too much of me kid." It's clear to Michael (and the audience) that Sollozzo won't stop [[spoiler:making it easier to sympathize with Michael when he kills Sollozzo.]]
* CoDragons: He and Tattaglia serve as this to the real BigBad, [[spoiler: Emilio Barzini.]]
* BoomHeadshot: [[spoiler:This is how he dies, courtesy of Michael Corleone.]]
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Shot halfway through by Michael.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: A ruthless businessman who behaves in a polite and personable manner when he's not murdering people.
* GratuitousItalian: Speaks it fluently like a native despite being known as "The Turk."
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sollozzo ordered the hit on Vito Corleone after Sonny expressed interest in the drug deal, expecting Sonny to take him up on the offer after Vito turned him down. Instead Sonny initiates a war among the Five Families and helps plot [[spoiler:Michael's assassination of Sollozzo.]]
* KnifeNut: Sollozzo is said to be very good with a knife, but being a businessman he avoids fighting if he can help it. This shows up briefly in the film when Luca Brasi meets with him in Bruno Tattaglia's nightclub.
* KnightOfCerebus: His arrival marks the steady erosion of the unassailable position held by the Corleone Family at the beginning of the beginning. [[ImpaledPalm He stabs Luca Brasi's right hand]], pinning it to the bar while one of Bruno's men garrotes Luca Brasi.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Had some elements of Joe Colombo, in that he and Joe Magliocco were used as fronts by Joe Bonanno in his bid to take over the Mafia.
* PragmaticVillainy: He proclaims he doesn't like violence because he is a businessman. "Blood is a big expense." Tom Hagen agrees with this view, while Sonny puts [[RevengeBeforeReason revenge before the business]].
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: He had a very elaborate plan with Tattaglia to take down the Corleones. Judging from Brasi's death, it's a very violent plan too.
* SinisterSchnoz: One of the reasons why he was called "The Turk" was because he had a nose like a Turkish scimitar.

[[folder: Philip Tattaglia]]
[[caption-width-right:170:''"But I must have strict assurance from Corleone. As time goes by and his position becomes stronger, will he attempt any individual vendetta?"'']]
->''"He [Vito] had all the judges and politicians in his pocket. He refused to share them."''

->'''Portrayed By''': Victor Rendina

Heads one of New York's Five Families, allies with Sollozzo ([[spoiler:and Barzini]]) against Vito to advance his standing.

* BigBadDuumvirate: With Virgil Sollozzo [[spoiler:as a front]].
* CoDragons: He and Sollozzo serve as this to the real BigBad, [[spoiler: Emilio Barzini.]]
* DecoyAntagonist: Appears to be the main villain in the early stages. [[spoiler: It's actually Barzini.]]
* DirtyCoward: He's still a dirty pimp that barely lifts a finger for [[spoiler:Barzini's]] plans. He tends to avoid facing danger if the opportunity arises.
* DirtyOldMan: He's old enough to have a middle-aged son and he still consorts with prostitutes.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: More evident in the novel; he specializes in prostitution and is subsequently treated with [[EvenEvilHasStandards thinly-veiled contempt by most of the other Families]].
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Loosely based on Tommy Lucchese, who was short in height. Other than that, Lucchese did not specialize in prostitution, but in other areas such as Manhattan's Garment District, union racketeering, narcotics trafficking and also had control over rackets at Idlewild Airport (now JFK Airport). Also has some elements of Joe Magliocco, in that he and Joe Colombo were used as fronts by Joe Bonanno in his bid to take over the Mafia.
* RuthlessForeignGangsters: Unlike the other Family heads, he still speaks with a pronounced Italian accent.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Two of Michael's henchmen, armed with automatic weapons, attack him while he is in bed with a prostitute. They pump him, the bed, and [[DisposableSexWorker the unfortunate prostitute]] full of lead in the process.]]

[[folder: Emilio Barzini]]
[[caption-width-right:184:''"A refusal is not the act of a friend."'']]
->''"If Don Corleone had all the judges and politicians in New York, then he must share them or let others use them. He must let us draw the water from the well."'''

->'''Portrayed By''': Richard Conte

Heads the second-most powerful New York family, regarded as a power broker among the feuding families. He's revealed to be the one pulling the strings behind Sollozzo and Tattaglia.

* BigBad: [[spoiler:The true antagonist of ''Part I''.]]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: In a seemingly friendly gesture, he accepts Don Vito's request to help set up peace summit called to bring an end to the Five Families War. [[spoiler:This is ultimately revealed to be a cynical ploy when Barzini uses the summit as an opportunity to subject Vito to a shakedown resulting in the forceful appropriation of much of the latter's power and influence.]]
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Had his plan to take down the Corleone's set up very well. However, Michael managed to out-gambit him.]]
* TheDon: Of the Barzini Family.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Appears at Connie's wedding long before his importance to the plot is established.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He exhibits a very diplomatic and pleasant demeanor in his dealings with business partners and other associates. [[spoiler:However, in reality, he is a very cold-hearted and calculated man who has no scruples about employing brutal and underhanded tactics to increase his power.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:He is ultimately revealed to be the mastermind behind a conspiracy to usurp power from the Corleone originally believed to be led by Philip Tattaglia.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:He secretly conspires with Carlo Rizzi to have Connie viciously beaten in order to provoke her hot-headed brother, Santino, and lure him to his death.]]
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: His character is loosely based on Vito Genovese, a ruthless mob boss who sought to become the "Boss of all Bosses" by capitalizing on the sale of narcotics and eliminating all potential rivals within the criminal underworld, most notably Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia and Lucky Luciano. Also had some elements of Joe Bonanno, who, like Genovese, wanted to become the Mafia's overlord by eliminating several of his rivals by using Joe Colombo and Joe Magliocco as fronts.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Both Vito and Michael Corleone have outsmarted Barzini by deliberately letting him and the other bosses whittle away the Corleone interests in order to lull them into a false sense of security. Before his death, Vito warns his son that Barzini will try to have Michael eliminated under the guise of a peace meeting, and that whoever approaches Michael about the meeting will be exposed as the traitor within the family. Michael uses this info to his advantage, and silently eliminates the the other Mafia heads (including Barzini). Sal Tessio (who reveals himself to be the traitor at Vito's funeral, albeit unknowingly) and Carlo Rizzi (for conspiring with Barzini to abuse Connie) were later executed for betraying the Corleones.]]

[[folder: Moe Greene]]
[[caption-width-right:243:''"You goddamn guineas you really make me laugh."'']]
->''"Do you know who I am? I'm Moe Greene! [[WhileYouWereInDiapers I made my bones while you were going out with cheerleaders]]!"''

-> '''Portrayed By''': Alex Rocco

Hotheaded Las Vegas crime boss who runs afoul of Michael's plans to relocate the Corleone Family to Nevada. In ''Part II'', he's revealed to have been a protégé of Hyman Roth, providing Roth motivation for revenge against Michael.

* HotBlooded: Very quickly goes from affable host to angry, blustering defiance when meeting with Michael.
* KickTheDog: His treatment of Fredo.
* KosherNostra: Of Jewish background.
* MoeGreeneSpecial: The TropeNamer.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Based on Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, a friend and partner of Meyer Lansky who played a key role in developing the Las Vegas Strip and [[spoiler:died in a manner similar to Greene]]. His name is a portmanteau of two other Las Vegas gangsters, Moe Dalitz and Gus Greenbaum, who were Siegel's contemporaries.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Calls Michael a "guinea".
* SmallRoleBigImpact: His actual screen time is rather brief, but [[spoiler:his death]] plays a major role in ''Part II''.
* SmugSnake: He's not nearly as powerful (or secure) as he thinks he is. Somewhat justified, as he's aware of the turmoil within the Corleone Family and [[NotSoHarmlessVillain doesn't see Michael as a serious threat]].
* StupidEvil: Not only does he aggressively refuse Michael's offer of a buyout, he blurts out that [[spoiler:Barzini has already contacted him]]. Thus confirming for Michael who the ''real'' BigBad is, and marking [[spoiler:Greene himself for execution]].
* VisionaryVillain: According to Hyman Roth, he created Las Vegas's gambling and vice rackets virtually from scratch.

[[folder: Hyman Roth]]
[[caption-width-right:243:"''Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.''"]]
->''"Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel."''

->'''Portrayed By''': Lee Strasberg

Born Hyman Suchowsky, the Jewish-American Roth befriended Vito during Prohibition, but later set up his own organization in Miami. Aging and perhaps terminally ill, Roth invites Michael to join his operations in Cuba, but he's soon revealed to be plotting against Michael.

* AffablyEvil: In most of his scenes, he comes across as a friendly old man who honestly wants to advise Michael and leave behind something worthwhile for his friends.
* AffluentAscetic: He's a captain of an immense criminal empire but chooses to live in a modest house in a Miami suburb.
* BigBad: Of Michael's story in ''Part II''.
* TheChessmaster: Tries to outwit Michael, but like Barzini before him, [[OutGambitted Michael upstages]] and kills him for it.
* DieLaughing: He's cracking jokes to reporters at the airport, moments before Rocco shoots him.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Clemenza introduces him to Vito as "Johnny Lips," which Roth clearly dislikes. Vito suggests he's select his own name.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: His wife and brother accompany him to Cuba.
* EvilCounterpart: To Don Vito.
* KosherNostra: He is Jewish like Moe Greene. He later tries moving to Israel, but gets rejected due to being a known criminal.
* LikeASonToMe: He claims that Moe Greene was this to him, and clearly it is one of the main reasons why he wants revenge against Michael.
* TheMentor: To Moe Greene.
* MetaCasting: Lee Strasberg was a famous and influential acting teacher whom many of the actors in the series, and was Al Pacino's mentor moreoever. Here, he plays a powerful, highly respected, highly influential crime boss. Originally the role was going to be played by Creator/EliaKazan but eventually Coppola turned to his rival.
* MotiveRant: When Michael asks him who ordered the hit on Pentangeli, Roth responds by revealing his close connection to Moe Greene, whom Michael had killed. This provides greater clarity about why Roth would want Michael dead, even though Roth is [[DownplayedTrope never explicit about this]].
--> This was a great man, a man of vision and guts. [[ShrineToTheFallen And there isn't even a plaque or a signpost or a statue]] in [[UsefulNotes/LasVegas that town]]! [[MoeGreeneSpecial Someone put a bullet through his eye]]. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn't angry. I knew Moe, [[HairTriggerTemper I knew he was headstrong—talking loud, saying stupid things]]. So when he turned up dead, [[BlatantLies I let it go]]. I said to myself, "This is business that we've chosen." [[SuddenlyShouting And I didn’t ask who gave the order! Because it had nothin' to do with business!]]
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Roth was very heavily based off the notorious and powerful Jewish gangster/adviser to the Mafia Meyer Lansky. Lansky reportedly called Lee Strasberg (the father of Method Acting), the actor playing Roth, and congratulated him on his performance, but added, "You could have made me more sympathetic." InUniverse, it's mentioned Roth is a pseudonym inspired by Arnold Rothstein. Coppola also commented that Strasberg based Roth's personality on their mutual friend, Creator/EliaKazan.
* NonActionBigBad: He is very sick but no less effective as a BigBad.
* RememberTheNewGuy: A longtime friend and business partner of Vito's, whom we don't meet until ''Part II''.
* TranquilFury: Is a lot more angry over his protege Moe Greene's death than he's letting on, and has a very good idea who's responsible.

[[folder: Don Francesco Ciccio]]
->''"It's not his words I'm afraid of!"''
-->-- on Vito

->'''Portrayed By''': Giuseppe Sillato

A Sicilian Mafia chief who kills Vito's father, brother and mother, forcing him to flee to the United States. Decades later, Vito returns to Sicily, seeking revenge.

* AssholeVictim: This is the man that killed Vito's parents and older brother... it's hard to shed a tear for him when Vito finally gets his long-sought and ''very'' well-deserved revenge.
* BigBad: Of Vito's story in ''Part II''.
* CreateYourOwnVillain: EvilVersusEvil example. Killing off Vito's entire family eventually led to the kid growing up to become a (very vengeful) crime lord himself.
* DisproportionateRetribution: He killed Vito's father Antonio Andolini just for insulting him. To think that if it weren't for Ciccio having such a fragile ego, the whole ''Godfather'' saga wouldn't even have happened.
* TheDon: The top crime boss of Corleone, Sicily at the beginning of the 20th century, [[spoiler:until his assassination]].
* FatBastard: An overweight, child-murdering mob boss.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He can can act polite and friendly during business meetings, but is ruthless enough to have whole families killed if they cross him.
* {{Jerkass}}: He was more than willing to kill Vito ''as a child'' to ensure he wouldn't return for revenge.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:He gets his stomach stabbed and sliced by Vito Andolini, the now-grown-up boy whom Ciccio had orphaned so long ago.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHerod: He attempts to kill all of Antonio Andolini's male relatives, including his 9-year-old son Vito, knowing they would be honor-bound to avenge Antonio's murder. This forces Vito to escape to America, where he becomes a Don himself, eventually giving him the ability to return and kill Don Ciccio.
* NonActionBigBad: He has grown too old and almost blind by the time Vito arrives to take his revenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't stop him from delivering it anyway.]]
* WouldHurtAChild: Had Vito's older brother Paolo killed for attempting to avenge his father, and tried to have Vito killed since Vito would do the same.

[[folder: Don Fanucci]]
->''"Tell your friends I don't want a lot. Just enough to [[UnusualEuphemism wet my beak]]."''

->'''Portrayed By''': Gastone Moschin

A small-time extortionist terrorizing Little Italy in the 1910s, who drives Vito to a life of crime.

* BackupBluff: A villainous example, and his entire MO. He scares the people in the neighborhood into thinking he is a member of the Black Hand.
* BigBadWannabe: He is very feared and acts all ruthless, but he is a PaperTiger: there are some paisans who don't pay him any tribute, he has no real muscle and resorts to police threats to enforce his demands. After Vito tests him by only paying half of his debt, he decides that he's no threat and kills him.
* TheBully: He was more of a neighborhood bully in Little Italy rather than a true mobster.
* CatchPhrase: Fond of telling people he needs to "wet my beak," i.e. skim their profits.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: For Vito, killing Fanucci turns him from petty criminal to respected godfather.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: He uses his power to get his nephew a job (at the cost of Vito's) and when intimidating Vito Fanucci takes a dress from Vito's store to give to one of his own daughters.
* KarmicDeath: He gets Vito fired from his job, forcing him to become a criminal. Vito killing him seems just punishment.
* StupidEvil: When he smugly attempts to extort money from Vito, he: a.) threatens Vito not with violence but with a visit from the cops, suggesting that he's got no actual muscle; b.) first asks for $200, then halves it to $100 when Vito doesn't immediately capitulate, suggesting that he lacks force of will; c.) doesn't offer Vito anything at all (except the implication that he ''won't'' call the cops.) All this does is show Vito that Don Fanucci is not a serious threat, and that killing him will annoy no-one.
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* WouldHitAGirl: He was willing to threaten a young lady with a knife to her neck, just to extort more money out of her father.

[[folder: Joey Zasa]]
->''"As for Don Corleone, he makes it very clear to me today, that he is my enemy. You must choose between us."''

->'''Portrayed By''': Joe Mantegna

A flamboyant associate of the Corleones, trying to gain power in New York City. Michael and the other crime bosses consider him an embarrassment for his media grandstanding.

* BigBadWannabe: As a whole, he's not really as powerful as his boss, Altobello, and Michael and the Commission don't take him seriously.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Of ''Part III''. In fact, the real BigBad is relieved to see him go!
* DudeWheresMyRespect: His rant to the Mafia commission complains about no one taking him seriously. Michael [[ShutUpHannibal tells him it's own fault for being so flamboyant]].
* EqualOpportunityEvil: He recruits blacks and Latinos into his organization, which shows he "has a good heart".
%%* LargeHam
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: He likes to be known for his well dressed style and as a champion of Italian-American heritage. It doesn't exactly endear him to his fellow mafiosi.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: A thinly-veiled [[TakeThat up-yours]] against Joseph Colombo, from his personality to the Italian-American heritage organization Zasa fronts, resembling Colombo's Italian-American Civil Rights League which caused Coppola headaches [[RealitySubtext during the first film]]. His over-the-top, media-friendly persona also recalls John Gotti, Carmine Persico, Paul Castellano and "Crazy" Joe Gallo.
* RememberTheNewGuy: As with Pentangeli in ''Part II'', a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot. Originally Zasa was to be Willie Cicci, but Joe Spinell's death forced Coppola to rewrite his storyline for a new character.
%%* TheSociopath
* TheStarscream: He is hinted as wanting to take over Altobello's plan so he can be Don.

[[folder: Don Altobello]]
->''"The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends."''

->'''Portrayed By''': Creator/EliWallach

Long-time friend of the Corleone family (he was even Connie's godfather), revealed to be the BigBad manipulating events in ''Part III''.

* BigBad: Of ''Part III'', secretly being Michael's enemy.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Don Lucchesi.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: He managed to fool the Corleones for a long while with a friendly, yet senile disposition; he even managed to become Connie's godfather thanks to his act.
* TheChessmaster: He has an elaborate plan to kill Michael and his pomps so he can take over his operations. However, like the others, Michael manages to catch on to his betrayal and outsmart him.
* EvilOldFolks: Despite his age, he's still the antagonist of ''Part III'' for a reason.
* FalseFriend: To the Corleone family, secretly being the BigBad.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Polite, friendly and a bit senile but it's all an act.
* TheManBehindTheMan: He's the one behind Joey Zasa, among other things.
* RememberTheNewGuy: He calls himself the Corleone family's "oldest friend." One wonders where he's been for the past two movies.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Connie seems to be a bit sad after [[spoiler: poisoning him]] as he was her godfather.
* WickedCultured: He genuinely enjoyed the opera reciting with the performers.

[[folder: Don Licio Lucchesi]]
->''"Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger."''

->'''Portrayed By''': Enzo Robutti

An Italian politician involved in the Vatican Bank, with heavy ties to organized crime, and Michael's enemy Altobello in particular.

* BigBad: Of ''Part III'', secretly being Michael's enemy.
* BigBadDuumvirate: With Don Altobello.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Prominently wears a pair of glasses, [[spoiler:which is ironically used to kill him]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Stabbed to death by his own ''glasses'' in his ''throat''.]]
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Lucchesi is modeled on Giulio Andreotti, who was the prime minister of UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} during ''III'''s release and was convicted (then acquitted) of his links with the RealLife mafia. The line Lucchesi's killer gives before Lucchesi's murder -- "Power wears out those who don't have it" -- is a direct quote from Andreotti. He also shares a lot of traits (down to his first name) with [[ Licio Gelli]] a grandmaster of the [[ Freemasons]].

[[folder: Archbishop Gilday]]
->''"It seems the power to absolve debt is greater than the power of forgiveness".''

->'''Portrayed by''': Donal Donnelly

High-ranking Church official, involved with the Vatican Bank. Michael enlists him as an ally in his effort to purchase Immobiliare, unaware that he's working with Altobello and Lucchesi.

* TheChessmaster: Quite good at manipulating Michael through outward displays of friendship. It's implied that [[spoiler:he's the one who engineers Pope John Paul's death]].
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Shot by Neri then falls down a staircase.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: A very charming and soft-spoken man in public, but a ruthless schemer behind closed doors.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Like other characters in ''Part III'', Gilday is based on a major figure in the Vatican Bank scandals, in this case American-born Archbishop Paul Marcinkus. Unlike his film counterpart, Marcinkus remained head of the Vatican Bank through 1990 and died of natural causes in 2006.
* SinisterMinister: If not [[FauxAffablyEvil his demeanor]], then certainly his actions.

[[folder: Frederick Keinszig]]
->''"Everything will be out in the open if Corleone dies."''

->'''Portrayed by''': Helmut Berger

A [[SwissBankAccount Swiss banker]] who helps negotiate the Immobiliare deal. Fearing exposure, he skips town with a BriefcaseFullOfMoney and incriminating documents, which doesn't save him.

* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Happily sells out his co-conspirators as well as Michael. Vincent sums him up well:
--> "That little Swiss banker fuck -- he's been swindling everyone from the beginning. Fuck him."
* IronicNickname: "God's Banker."
* MorallyBankruptBanker: An archetypal example, especially given his ties to a CorruptChurch and TheMafia.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: For Roberto Calvi, chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, one of the key players in the Vatican Bank scandals of the '80s. Keinszig's fate is explicitly modeled off Calvi's death; the banker was found hanging from Blackfriar's Bridge in London in 1982.
* SmugSnake: Condescending, arrogant and untrustworthy; no one much likes him.
* TooDumbToLive: When Pope John Paul I takes power, he decides to backstab not only Michael but Altobello, Lucchesi ''and'' the Vatican, running off with a suitcase full of cash, bonds and Church documents. Really, what did he ''expect'' to happen?

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