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Vatican's UN envoy sees family as key to fight against drug use

April 22, 2016

Archbishop Bernardito Auza called attention to the critical role of the family in preventing drug use, in an April 21 address to a UN session on the world's drug problems.

"The Holy See cannot emphasize enough the importance of the family as the cornerstone of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, reintegration, and health strategies," said the archbishop. 

Citing the words of Pope Francis, Archbishop Auza said that the Catholic Church cannot support the liberalization of drug laws, but seeks to concentrate on the underlying problems. He quoted the Pope's words: "the fight against drugs cannot be won with drugs. Drugs are an evil, and with evil there can be neither surrender nor compromise."


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