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Avoid temptations to gossip, Pope suggests in homily

Catholic World News - April 09, 2013

If Christians can restrain themselves from gossip, “it will be a great step forward,” Pope Francis said in his homily as he celebrated Mass for Vatican workers on April 9.

Speaking about the life of the early Christian community, the Pope said that the mutual love that grew among believers “is a life that has to be developed; it does not come automatically.” To nourish the life of a Christian community, he said, the faithful must resist temptations, including the temptation to gossip.

“When we prefer to gossip, gossip about others, criticize others--these are everyday things that happen to everyone, including me--these are the temptations of the evil one who does not want the Spirit to come to us and bring about peace and meekness in the Christian community,” the Pope said.

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  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - Apr. 09, 2013 10:51 PM ET USA

    I pray all of us can heed our Holy Father's words - and that our leadership - Bishops, clergy and religious will constantly remind us of what we need to do and why this is important for our world.

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