Vatican City, May 21, 2017 / 10:20 am
During a visit to a Roman parish Sunday, Pope Francis repeated his frequent condemnation of gossip, telling the congregation instead to always treat others with gentleness and respect, as the Holy Spirit does.
"The language of Christians who cherish the Holy Spirit, who was given to us as a gift, is special: they don't have to speak in Latin, no. It's another language: it's the language of gentleness and respect," the Pope said May 21.
Reflecting on these two points can help each of us to reflect on our own attitude as Christians, he said, asking "is it an attitude of gentleness, or of wrath? Or bitterness?"
"It's terrible to see people who say they are Christians, but who are full of bitterness," Francis said, adding that the language of the Holy Spirit "is gentle...because he's gentle. And respect. Always respect others. He teaches to respect others."