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Pope to Catholics: For Lent, give up trolling

first_img“We live in an atmosphere polluted bytoo much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which areamplified by the internet,” he said. “Today, people insult each other as ifthey were saying ‘Good Day.’” (Reuters) The pope made his appeal to tone thingsdown while speaking to tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square forhis general audience on Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40-day season thatleads up to Easter. Lent, he said in partially improvisedremarks, “is a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle andspeak to God on a first name basis,” he said. VATICAN City – During Lent, Catholicsare called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wednesday, Pope Francisadded a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season andbeyond: insulting people on social media. Pope Francis waves during the weekly general audience at Vatican, Feb. 26, 2020. REUTERSlast_img read more

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