Pope Francis called on Catholics to give up “gossip”, “verbal violence” and “offensive and harmful words” that are “reinforced by the internet,” during his Ash Wednesday call.
Speaking to Catholics on St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said Lent “is a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle and speak to God based on the first name.”
“We live in an atmosphere polluted by too much verbal violence, too many offensive and damaging words, which are reinforced by the internet,” the Pope continued, claiming, “Today people insult each other as if they say ‘good day’.” “
Pope Francis also focused on the coronavirus outbreak, which terrorized Italy last week and led to at least 10 deaths, quarantine and cancellation of major events.
“I would once again like to express my closeness to those who are sick with the corona virus and to health professionals who care for them,” he said.
The pope has earlier addressed the health of public discourse, saying in 2018 that “defamation and defamation can become commonplace and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned … even in Catholic media.”
“The result is a dangerous dichotomy because things can be said there that would be unacceptable in public discourse, and people try to compensate for their own dissatisfaction by lashing out at others,” he explained. “It is striking that sometimes, by claiming to uphold the other commandments, they completely ignore the eighth, forbidding false witness or lying, and ruthlessly slandering others.”
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