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Sunday 15 September 2019

Pope Francis denounces gossiping as he says tongues ‘kill like a knife’

The pontiff made his remarks as he discussed the commandment not to bear false witness.

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (Andrew Medichini/AP)
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (Andrew Medichini/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Pope Francis has denounced gossip as a form of “terrorism” and is warning the faithful against telling lies.

Francis explored the Catholic commandment against “bearing false witness” during his Wednesday general audience.

He warned the faithful in a chilly St Peter’s Square that “We all live by communicating, and we are continuously on the edge between truth and lies.”

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Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square (Andrew Medichini/AP)

He repeated his complaint about gossip, saying it “kills because the tongue kills like a knife”.

He warned: “Gossipers are terrorists because with their tongues they drop a bomb and then leave, and the bomb they drop destroys reputations everywhere.”

“Don’t forget: to gossip is to kill.”

Francis frequently rails against gossip in the church and has urged the media in particular to guard against “fake news” and seek the truth.

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