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‘Complaining Forbidden,’ reads poster on Pope’s door

July 14, 2017

Pope Francis has posted a sign on the door to his apartment in the St. Martha residence: “Complaining is forbidden.”

The sign, styled as a warning poster, says that people who complain suffer from poor morale and inability to solve problems. It recommends: “focus on your own potential and not on your limitations.”

The sign was a gift from an Italian psychologist, Salvo Noé, who met with the Pope after a public audience in June. Pope Francis immediately indicated his enthusiasm for the message, telling Noé: “I will put it on my office door.”


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jul. 16, 2017 10:30 AM ET USA

    If the shoe fits,wear it.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Jul. 15, 2017 10:29 PM ET USA

    The campaign of weaponized ambiguity continues.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Jul. 15, 2017 8:16 PM ET USA

    This might explain a few things.

  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Jul. 15, 2017 5:05 AM ET USA

    I'd like to complain about the poster.

  • Posted by: mwean7331 - Jul. 14, 2017 7:03 PM ET USA

    I would be interested in his definition of "complaining' Is the Dubai complaining? Is disagreement with his or other hierarchy complaining? Were Cardinal Burke , Mueller and others who spoke out complainers? is he saying he only wants "yes men" around him? Hmm?

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jul. 14, 2017 6:48 PM ET USA

    That also goes well with his other mandate for Bishops and Cardinals. "Just agree with me and don't ask questions.