Pope’s ‘gos­sip’ ad­vice

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS -

POPE Fran­cis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to re­sist the “ter­ror­ism of gos­sip” that can tear re­li­gious com­mu­ni­ties apart as he ended his Asian tour.

Fran­cis told the priests and nuns gath­ered in Chit­tagong’s Holy Rosary Church yes­ter­day that he was ditch­ing the eight-page speech that he had pre­pared and would in­stead speak to them from his heart.

For the next 15 min­utes Fran­cis drew laugh­ter from the crowd, mix­ing pa­ter­nal ad­vice on how to tend to re­li­gious vo­ca­tions with gen­tle warn­ings about the havoc that gos­sip “bombs” can wreak in closed re­li­gious life.

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