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Pope Francis: Gossiping is like terrorism

Pope Francis on Friday likened a person who gossips to “a terrorist who throws a bomb,” telling his followers that sowing divisions is a sickness within the Catholic Church.

Speaking during his homily at his Santa Marta residence, Francis criticized people who think gossip is harmless.

“Gossiping is like terrorism because the person who gossips is like a terrorist who throws a bomb and runs away, destroying,” he said. “With their tongue they are destroying and not making peace.”

The pontiff went further in his description of the “cunning” gossip, who is “not a suicide bomber” because he takes good care of himself.

Francis called on his followers to question whether they sow peace when they speak, telling them to bite their tongues if they feel the urge to spread divisions among people.

He also took a critical view of those who have a “serpent’s tongue” and spread gossip within the Catholic Church: “That person is always doing what the serpent did with Adam and Eve, namely destroying peace. And this is an evil, this is a sickness within our Church: sowing divisions, sowing hatred, not sowing peace.”

This is not the first time Francis has taken aim at those who spread rumors at the Holy See. In a scathing attack just days before Christmas last year, the pope described the “terrorism of gossip” that plagued the Vatican administration — known as the Roman Curia.









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