Pope says gossip is a 'plague worse than Covid'

2020/10/02 15:32

Today's Vocabulary

1. solidarity (n) 
agreement between and support for the members of a group, especially a political group

2. plague (n) 
any serious disease that kills many people

3. gossip (n) 
conversation or reports about other people’s private lives that might be unkind, disapproving, or not true

4. pilgrims (n)
a person who makes a trip, often a long and difficult one, to a special place for religious reasons

5. pandemic (n) 
a dangerous disease that infects many people at one time 

6. remarks (n)
something that you say, giving your opinion about something or stating a fact

Pope says gossip is a 'plague worse than Covid'

Pope Francis has once again condemned gossip, describing it as a “plague worse than Covid,” during his Sunday prayers. 

“Gossip closes the heart of the community, closes the unity of the Church,” he said. The greatest talker is the devil, who always goes about saying the bad things of others, because he is the liar who tries to disunite the Church, to alienate his brothers and not to make community.” Please, brothers and sisters, we make an effort not to gossip. Gossip is a plague worse than Covid,” he added.

It’s not the first time Francis has made such strong remarks on gossip — in 2016, he warned priests and nuns not to fuel the “terrorism of gossip,” encouraging them to resist the temptation to spread voices and tales within their community.

“If you get an urge to say something against a brother or a sister, to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue! Hard!” he said.

He returned to the topic in November 2018, telling pilgrims in St Peter’s Square that gossip kills “because the tongue kills, like a knife,” according to a statement released at the time by Vatican News, the Holy See’s official press website.

The pandemic radically changed the way the Vatican operates, forcing the Pope to celebrate Palm Sunday mass in an empty church. After months of lockdown, worshipers returned to St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City at the end of May.

The Pope held his first public audience since the pandemic began on Wednesday and used the event to call for solidarity in battling Covid-19.

Resource: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/06/europe/pope-gossip-coronavirus-intl-scli/index.html

  1. What do you think of people who gossip?
  2. Why might the Pope think gossip is worse than COVID-19?
  3. What do you think of people who gossip on social media?

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

Henry Thomas Buckle