Pope Francis warns on the "evil" of legalising drugs
Published on Jun 20, 2014 11:07 PM
ROME (REUTERS) - Pope Francis on Friday called recreational drug use an "evil", a day before he is due to visit Italy's Calabria, home of the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia, which controls a significant share of the global trade in illegal narcotics.
Pope Francis, who has spoken out against drug use several times, said that to ensure young people did not fall prey to drugs, society had to say " 'yes' to life, 'yes' to love, 'yes' to others, 'yes' to education, 'yes' to greater job opportunities".
"If we say 'yes' to all these things, there will be no room for illicit drugs, for alcohol abuse, for other forms of addiction," he said in remarks to a drug enforcement conference in Rome carried on the website of Vatican radio.
"The scourge of drug use continues to spread inexorably, fed by a deplorable commerce which transcends national and continental borders," he said.
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