Pope Francis (R), prays with the 79th Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, during a private audience at the Vatican, 20 June 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / CLAUDIO PERI
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Pope Francis warned Friday against legalizing drugs, calling addiction an "evil" which he said had to be resisted without compromise.Setting himself against the trend in several Western countries to allow the use of so-called soft drugs like marijuana, Francis said narcotics were putting more and more young people in danger.The comments came as the state of New York prepared Friday to pass measures that should lead to its becoming the 23rd U.S. state to allow medical use of marijuana.
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