Pope Francis has warned against legalising drugs as he visited a Brazilian hospital that helps recovering drug addicts in the city of Rio, reports BigPond News. The Pope gave a speech where he denounced drug-trafficking and the so-called 'dealers of death,' according to Rome Reports.
He also reminded those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction that there is hope, adding that the Church will not abandon them.
Here is the translated text of his speech:
Dear Young People and Family Members, God has willed that my journey, after the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, should take me to a particular shrine of human suffering – the Saint Francis of Assisi Hospital.
The conversion of your patron saint is well known: the young Francis abandoned the riches and comfort of the world in order to become a poor man among the poor.
He understood that true joy and riches do not come from the idols of this world – material things and the possession of them – but are to be found only in following Christ and serving others.
Less well known, perhaps, is the moment when this understanding took concrete form in his own life. It was when Francis embraced a leper.
This brother, suffering and an outcast, was the 'mediator of light ... for Saint Francis of Assisi' (Lumen Fidei, 57), because in every suffering brother and sister that we embrace, we embrace the suffering Body of Christ.
Today, in this place where people struggle with drug addiction, I wish to embrace each and every one of you, who are the flesh of Christ, and to ask God to renew your journey, and also mine, with purpose and steadfast hope.