The Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, called on young people in the country to “make a difference in Dominican society.” He urged them to stay away “from “the path of vice and 'easy money' that many have chosen.”
The cardinal made his comments during a Mass for National Youth Day. Many young people have “gotten involved in drugs, violence, male and female prostitution and theft,” he said. “Drug trafficking has permeated honorable families, military organizations and other sectors of society.”
The presence of these in society “is very unfortunate for you,” the cardinal continued. “Young people should build their future, and this will not happen on the street.”
He encouraged the youth to shy away from superficial and irresponsible relationships and called on society to “put greater emphasis on improving and building up the family” in order to combat this evil.