scorecardPope Francis tells a group of 20-somethings in new documentary that sex is 'something rich' but pushes back on porn, saying it 'diminishes'
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Pope Francis tells a group of 20-somethings in new documentary that sex is 'something rich' but pushes back on porn, saying it 'diminishes'

Sarah Al-Arshani   

Pope Francis tells a group of 20-somethings in new documentary that sex is 'something rich' but pushes back on porn, saying it 'diminishes'
LifeInternational1 min read
  • Pope Francis answered questions from 10 young adults for a Hulu documentary that premiered on April 5.
  • Francis answered difficult questions from the participants on sex, pornography, and other topics.

Pope Francis told a group of 20-somethings that sex was "something rich" thing during a sit-down in a new Hulu documentary, NBC News reported.

Francis spoke with a group of 10 Spanish-speaking young adults between the ages of 20 and 25 for the documentary "The Pope: Answers," which premiered on April 5.

"Sex is one of the beautiful things God gave to human beings," the Pope said in the documentary, according to the Catholic News Agency. "To express oneself sexually is something rich. Anything that diminishes a true sexual expression, diminishes you as well, it renders you partial, and it diminishes that richness."

In the documentary, Pope Francis talks to young people about immigration, sexuality, gender identity, abortion and religious freedom.

They also discussed modern dating, with the pope saying that people should use social media responsibly. But he noted that pornography is not a good outlet after one woman, who makes adult content online, asked about pornography and masturbation, NBC News reported.

"Pornography diminishes, it doesn't help you grow. Those who use pornography are diminished in human terms," he said according to CNA.

"To express oneself sexually is something rich," he said. "Anything that diminishes a true sexual expression diminishes you as well, it renders you partial, and it diminishes that richness. Sex has a dynamic of its own. It exists for a reason. It's an expression of love."

NBC News reported that the Pope said that using apps like Tinder to find a partner was "normal."

"Young people have that eagerness to meet each other, and that's very good," he said, according to NBC News.




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