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Pope compares gossip to killing

Bad talk about members of community like 'murder,' says pontiff

Pope compares gossip to killing

Rome, September 2 - At a mass held Monday in Rome's Santa Marta (Saint Martha) church, Pope Francis compared talking bad about others to killing. "Those in a community who talk about brothers, members of the community, they want to kill", he said. The pontiff said that as with Jesus when he arrived in Nazareth, relationships that begin with "admiration" can finish with a crime because of "jealousy and envy". "This is not (only) something that happened 2,000 years ago. It happens every day in our hearts...when it is said in a community 'how great this person is who has come to us'...but then gossip starts and it ends in skinning the person," Francis said. "Where there is God, there is no hate, envy or jealousy. Nor are there those who want to kill with gossip," the pope said.

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