Evil has found “new, effective and pervasive ways” to flourish on the internet, Pope Francis has said.

The Pope said the spread of “extreme pornography” meant that society may no longer be capable of protecting children.

He also listed several “extremely troubling things” found on the “dark side” of the web, including the rise in sexting (sending explicit personal photos), online bullying and online sex trafficking.

The Pontiff was speaking to an international congress on protecting children.

“The spread of ever more extreme pornography and other improper uses of the net not only causes disorders, dependencies and grave harm among adults, but also has a real impact on the way we view love and relations between the sexes,” he said.

The Pope added that, as a society, “We would be seriously deluding ourselves were we to think that a society where an abnormal consumption of internet sex is rampant among adults could be capable of effectively protecting minors.”

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