Pope says to give up TROLLING people on social media for Lent

Pope says to give up TROLLING people on social media for Lent

Pope Francis said ‘verbal violence’ was being ‘amplified by the internet’He said Lent was a time to ‘give up useless words, gossip, rumours, tittle-tattle’The Pope himself has been targeted by trolls on social media like Twitter 

Pope Francis today urged followers to give up trolling people on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for Lent. 

He said there was too much ‘verbal violence’ in the world which was ‘amplified by the internet’.

Francis added that Lent was ‘a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumours, tittle-tattle and speak to God on a first name basis.’

Pope Francis today urged followers to give up trolling people on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for Lent. He is pictured greeting followers in Rome today

In recent years, Francis himself has been the butt of insults from ultra-conservative Catholic websites and mostly anonymous anti-pope Twitter feeds

In recent years, Francis himself has been the butt of insults from ultra-conservative Catholic websites and mostly anonymous anti-pope Twitter feeds

Pope Francis addressed thousands of followers in St Peter's Square today. He is pictured here meeting workers from Air Italy and Meridiana

Pope Francis addressed thousands of followers in St Peter’s Square today. He is pictured here meeting workers from Air Italy and Meridiana

He was addressing tens of thousands of worshipers in St Peter’s Square, Rome, on Ash Wednesday – the start of the 40-day season of Lent leading up to Easter.

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