THE Pope has urged worshippers to steer clear of gossip – saying it is a plague worse than the coronavirus.
During Pope Francis’s weekly address from a window above St Peter’s Square he said gossip could be used to divide the Roman Catholic Church.
“Please, brothers and sisters, let us make an effort not to gossip,” said . “Chatter is a plague more awful than Covid!
“Worse. Let’s make a big effort: no gossiping!”
“The devil is the great gossip. He is always saying bad things about others because he is the liar who tries to split the Church,” the Pope added as he strayed from a prepared weekly blessing.
The Pope has regularly warned about gossiping within church communities and the Vatican bureaucracy.
Gossip, he added, closes a person’s heart to the community and hurts the Church’s unity, he said, adding that the devil is the great gossiper who seeks to sow discord.
“When we see a brother or sister make a mistake or with a…