If you patronise flesh hawkers, you are a criminal. Pope Francis says so.

The leader of the Catholic church said such men are criminals with a “sick mentality” who think that women exist to be exploited.

“This isn’t making love. This is torturing a woman. Let’s not confuse the terms,” Pope Francis said on Monday.

The Pope further asked forgiveness for all Christians who buy sex from women.

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Francis spoke during a four-hour long listening session with 300 young people invited by the Vatican to brief church leaders about what kids these days think about the Catholic Church.

It’s a preparatory meeting for a big synod of bishops, happening soon, on young people.

Francis had urged the delegates to speak with courage. He insisted: “Young people must be taken seriously.”

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