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Rome, Italy, Mar 21, 2015 / 12:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip.

“For me there is a sign that there is no fraternity in the presbyterate or in religious communities. The sign is gossip…the terrorism of gossip,” the Pope told priests, religious and seminarians of Naples during his March 21 daytrip.

“The person who gossips is a terrorist who drops a bomb, destroys, and they are outside – at (the) least they did a kamikaze…they destroy others.”

Although living in community “is not easy,” rather that gossiping about someone you don’t like or get along with, tell the person “face to face” if there is a problem, go to the bishop or whichever authority can mediate in the situation, the Pope…

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