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Pope in Angelus: “Wars begin from the tongue”


In his Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis reflected on the question Jesus asks his disciples: “Can a blind person guide a blind person?” He said a leader must possess wisdom in order to guide others; otherwise he risks causing harm to those entrusted to him. 

POPE FRANCIS

“Jesus calls the attention of those who have educational or leadership responsibilities: pastors of souls, public authorities, lawmakers, teachers, parents, urging them to be aware of their delicate role and to always discern the right path on which to lead people.”

The pope added to avoid being presumptuous and hypocritical one must be meek, humble and merciful. He gave the pilgrims present on St. Peter's Square this piece of advice when correcting others. 

POPE FRANCIS

“It is always useful to help others with wise advice. However, while we observe and correct the faults of our neighbors, we must also be aware that we have faults. If I believe I don't have any, I can't condemn or correct others.”

Finally, Pope Francis once again warned of gossiping. He highlighted the great harm it causes to everyone.  

POPE FRANCIS

“This destroys, it destroys the family, it destroys the school, it destroys the workplace, it destroys the neighborhood. Wars begin from the tongue. Let us think a bit about this teaching of Jesus and ask ourselves the question, 'do I speak badly of others?'”

He also noted how easy it is to see and be critical of others' defects rather than one's own; and the importance in correcting oneself in this behavior.