Pope Francis warned Wednesday against pornography that “weakens the hearts” of Church people because “the devil gets in there,” a Vatican statement said.
Receiving seminarians and religious studying in Rome on Monday and asking him many questions, the Argentine pope denounced “a vice that so many people, so many lay men and women, so many religious and sisters have”.
“The devil enters through there. And I'm not talking about criminal pornography (…), but about the somewhat “normal” one”, he continued.
“The pure heart, the one who receives every day Christ, cannot receive this pornographic information. And if you can eliminate that from your phone, do it, so you won't have the temptation,” added the pope.
“I tell you: it is something that weakens the 'soul. The devil enters through there: he weakens the heart of the religious”, he assured.
The Argentine pope has already condemned pornography on several occasions, the last time in June.
“We are also talking about the scourge of pornography, which is now widespread everywhere,” he said when receiving family associations.
He then described this scourge as “a permanent attack on the dignity of men and women,” demanding that authorities “declare pornography a threat to public health.”
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