On Gossip – Quotes from Pope Francis

On Gossip – Quotes from Pope Francis


“It’s so rotten, gossip. At the beginning, it seems to be something enjoyable and fun, like a piece of candy.  But at the end, it fills the heart with bitterness and also poisons us,”

“I tell you the truth I am convinced that if each one of us would purposely avoid gossip, at the end, we would become a saint! It’s a beautiful path!”

“Therefore, not only must one not make an attempt on the life of others, but one must not even pour on him the poison of anger and hit him with slander, nor speak ill of him. And here we arrive at gossip. Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person,”

“We are called to reconcile with our brothers prior to showing our devotion to the Lord in prayer,” said Pope Francis, noting Jesus’ words to his disciples, “If you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first, be reconciled to your brother.”

“Seminary life, that is, community life, is very important. Community life is not paradise: rather, it’s purgatory,”

Gossip is the plague of a community.

“some say that gossip is a thing of women; but it’s also of men, of us! We gossip enough and that destroys community.”

One speaks to (someone’s) face, always…don’t go a friend’s room to badmouth (someone else).”

“Pray, pray for all the members of the community, but pray especially for those with whom I have problems or for those to whom I don’t wish well, because to not a wish a person well sometimes is a natural thing, instinctive, but pray: and the Lord will do the rest.”