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Pope Francis, pictured this week, condemned the 'scourge' of drugs  (PA)

Francis criticises attempts to legalise drugs as he addresses enforcement agencies

Francis holds the monstrance at yesterday's Corpus Christi celebration (AP)

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Fr Ray Blake appraisal of his work with the poor has upset the consciences of those who have not let the needy near them (CNS)

If Fr Ray stops blogging, it will be a victory for the worst kind of censorship

Pope Francis with Rio police: the battke against drugs is a huge burden on authorities (AP Photo)

No Catholic should contradict the Pope, but drug legalisation would save lives

Online pornography can have a devastating effect on young people (PA photo)

Damian Thompson says that new technology is making temptation harder than ever to resist

Legalising drugs reduces both crime and addiction

Smoking is widely seen as unhealthy and unglamorous (Photo: PA)

The war on drugs hasn’t worked. Cigarette smoking, on the other hand, has declined steadily since the Second World War

Pete Doherty leaving a magistrates court earlier this year (John Stillwell/PA Wire)

He must be the despair of all who care about him

Some reports suggest that Amy Winehouse died because of alcohol withdrawal (PA photo)

Lots of parents, like Mitch and Janis Winehouse, have lost a child to drugs or alcohol. The stories are often very similar

Children hold up a photo of their father, Fernando Quisar, one of 27 farmers massacred by a drugs cartel in May (CNS photo/Rodrigo Arias, Reuters)

Decriminalising drugs will put the country’s deadly cartels out of business