Pope laments scourge of drug abuse
November 25, 2016
At Pope Francis’s request, he Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted a two-day workshop on November 23-24 devoted to “narcotics: problems and solutions of this global issue.”
Addressing workshop participants on November 24 at the academy’s headquarters, the Pope described drug abuse as “a scourge in our society” and “a new form of slavery.”
“Each dependent person has his or her own distinct story, and must be listened to, understood and loved, and as far as possible, healed and purified,” he continued. “It is not surprising that so many people fall prey to drug dependency, because worldliness offers us a wide range of possibilities for achieving ephemeral happiness, which eventually becomes poison, which corrodes, corrupts and kills.”
Lamenting the influence of organized crime and decrying the “ineptitude of governments” in addressing the problem, the Pope said that “in order to curb the demand for drugs, it is necessary to make great efforts and to implement extensive social programs oriented towards health, family support and, above all, education.”
For all current news, visit our News home page.
- Udienza ai partecipanti all’Incontro promosso dalla Pontificia Accademia delle Scienze su: “Narcotici: problemi e soluzioni di questa piaga mondiale”, 24.11.2016 (Holy See Press Office)
- The Pope to the participants in the meeting “Narcotics: problems and solutions of this global issue”: prevention is the best way, but rehabilitation of victims is fundamental (Holy See Press Office)
- Narcotics: Problems and Solutions of This Global Issue (Pontifical Academy of Sciences)
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!