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Those who gossip are 'like a terrorist who throws a bomb and walks away,' Pope Francis says

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
9/6/2015 (3 years ago)
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Gossip divides and breeds hatred with the church. Pontiff says

Speaking a morning homily, Pope Francis warned against the temptations of gossip. "This is an evil, this is a disease in our Church: to sow division, sow hatred, plant [what is] not peace," he said.

People should never speak 'a word that can divide, never ever a word that brings war, little wars, never gossip,' Pope Francis said.

People should never speak "a word that can divide, never ever a word that brings war, little wars, never gossip," Pope Francis said.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
9/6/2015 (3 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Gossip, Pope Francis, division

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Using even stronger language, Pope Francis likened that those who gossip are just "like a terrorist who throws a bomb and walks away," destroying others while insuring their own security, he said.

The deadly practice of gossip and backbiting ferments division, fuelling hatred and not planting peace "is a disease in our Church."

Speaking during Mass in the chapel of his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Pope asked people to think about whether they were sowers of peace or destroyed harmony with gossip. Those who spend their lives bringing reconciliation and peace are saints, he said.

The Pope reiterated that Christians are called to be like Jesus, who came to bring peace and reconciliation.

This requires constant conversion. People should never speak "a word that can divide, never ever a word that brings war, little wars, never gossip," he said.

Gossiping is far more serious than those who practice think it is, he added.

"Gossiping is terrorism because the person who gossips is like a terrorist who throws a bomb and walks away, destroying; they destroy with their tongue, they don't make peace," the Pope said.

"But they're cunning, you know. They aren't suicide bombers, no, no, they take care of themselves," he added.

Pope Francis says that whenever he felt the urge to say something bad about someone or gossip, the best thing to do is literally bite one's tongue.

However, "at first your tongue will get all swollen and hurt." The Devil is always tempting people to wag their tongues in a malicious manner - "it's his job to divide" people.


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