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Pope: Stop gossiping! Don't let envy divide your parish

The Pope's general audience took place outdoors this week. That means the Pope did plenty of rounds in the popemobile, making his way through St. Peter's Square. He drank a bit of mate tea and as usual he blessed several children along the way.  In his catechesis the Pope talked about Christian unity. He explained that Jesus wanted His disciples to stay united. But the Church has seen divisions throughout its history.  POPE FRANCIS  "Looking back at history, Christians have fought among themselves because of theological differences. Let's not forget the Thirty Years' War. This is not Christian!â? But these separations, aren't the only divisions. The Pope also talked about gossip and all the evils it triggers.  With roughly 12,000 people in the Square, the Pope talked about so called 'parish' sins, like criticizing someone behind their backs or being overpowered by envy.  POPE FRANCIS "Everyone can fall into the traps of gossip. Just think about all the gossiping that goes on in parishes. Is this good? Is it? If someone is elected president of an association, he's criticized. If someone is elected as the head of catechesis, there's also targeted. This is not the Church. This shouldn't happen.â?  The Pope also highlighted that God is communion and love, adding that the Church is Holy, despite the sins of its members.  PM/KLH  CTV JM -BN Up:YJA