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'The Seed of the Devil': Pope Francis urges Christians not to complain during Coronavirus outbreak

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The sin of sadness is the seed of the devil.

"The sin of sadness is the seed of the devil, that inability to make a decision about one's own life, but OK with looking at other people's lives in order to complain about that, not to criticize them but to lament about oneself."

Pope Francis is live-streaming Mass during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Pope Francis is live-streaming Mass during the Coronavirus outbreak.


By Abigail James
3/25/2020 (3 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Pope Francis, Coronavirus, Sloth, Prayer, sadness

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - During a live-streamed Mass on Tuesday, March 24, Pope Francis urged Christians not to complain about everything. 

"It makes me think about so many of us, so many Christians who live in this state of sloth, unable to do anything but complain about everything."

Speaking via webcam from the chapel of his Vatican residence, the pope explained that sloth is a "poison, a fog that envelops the soul and doesn't let it live." 

During his video, Pope Francis offered prayers for health workers and priests who have passed away helping those infected from coronavirus. He praised their "heroic example." 

"In this moment, we want to implore (God's) mercy for a humanity so sorely tried by the coronavirus pandemic," expressed Holy Father before praying the Our Father later Tuesday evening. "We do it together, Christians of every Church and Community, of every tradition, of every age, language and nation." 

Pope Francis dedicated The Lord's Prayer to "the sick and their families, health workers and those who assist them, for authorities, police forces and volunteers, for the (religious) ministers of our communities."

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