Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis encourages no-slot movement

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Vatican City, September 5 - Opponents of the
proliferation of slot machines in Italy said Thursday that
they've received encouragement from Pope Francis.
The non-profit organization Vita says that during a
meeting, the pope encouraged group members to continue to work
against the distribution of slot machines and for education -
especially of young people - about the risks of gambling
addiction.
Group members had written to Pope Francis in June asking
for his support.
Meanwhile on Thursday, the Italian Senate voted in favour
of a Northern League motion calling for a ban on the opening of
new gambling enterprises in Italy for a year.
There is concern that the rapid spread of gambling outlets
and Internet betting sites after liberalisations is causing a
rise in addictions and huge hardship for the families of
victims.
Studies released late last year by trade union
confederation CGIL showed a 691% jump between 2005 and 2010 in
the number of people seeking professional help to deal with
gambling addictions.
The number of registered gambling devices have increased
91.2% since 2012, while the number of establishments with slot
machines have nearly doubled.

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