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Pope warns against drink, drugs, gambling, porn

'Unjust social conditions' often to blame

04 February, 13:25
Pope warns against drink, drugs, gambling, porn (see previous).

(ANSA) - Vatican City, February 4 - Pope Francis warned against drink, drugs, gambling and pornography in his Lenten message Tuesday.

The pontiff said social injustice and unemployment could push people into "moral destitution" that may lead to financial ruin and suicide.

Moral destitution, Francis said, "consists in slavery to vice and sin. "How much pain is caused in families because one of their members - often a young person - is in thrall to alcohol, drugs, gambling or pornography! "How many people no longer see meaning in life or prospects for the future, how many have lost hope! "And how many are plunged into this destitution by unjust social conditions, by unemployment, which takes away their dignity as breadwinners, and by lack of equal access to education and health care. "In such cases, moral destitution can be considered impending suicide. "This type of destitution, which also causes financial ruin, is invariably linked to the spiritual destitution which we experience when we turn away from God and reject his love".

Lent is the six-week period of prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving and self-denial leading up to Easter.