Vatican Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin has sent a message to the 27th Session of the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), May 14-18 in Vienna, that is discussing the fight against cybercrime.  He particularly drew attention to the vulnerability of children online.

As reported by Vatican news, His Eminence Cardinal Parolin noted in his message that “Pope Francis is convinced that a worthy sustainable development can be attained only if children, who are the future of the human family, are made the centre of attention, and experience encouragement and protection in the years decisive for their growth.”

Acknowledging the enormous benefits of technological progress, His Eminence Cardinal Parolin also pointed to the dark side of our new digital world which cannot be underestimated. In this regard, he said the Holy See and the Catholic Church are conscious of their role in forming consciences and raising public awareness. The Holy See and the Church, Cardinal Parolin said, are ready to cooperate with various components of society, to ensure children grow up in a serene and safe environment.