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Corruption acts like a drug: Pope Francis

Pope Francis delivers a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's square during his Angelus prayer, in the Vatican City, on September 18, 2016. ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

Pope Francis delivers a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter’s square during his Angelus prayer, in the Vatican City, on September 18, 2016.<br />ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP

Corruption is like a drug on which people become dependent, Pope Francis said Sunday, addressing thousands of faithful assembled at Saint Peter’s square in Rome.

“Some people behave with corruption as with a drug. They think they can stop if they want to,” the Argentinian pontiff told the worshippers gathered for the weekly Angelus prayer.

“They start small, a small amount here, a bribe there,” he said, warning that corruption was producing its own “addiction” which generates poverty and suffering.

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