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Pope Francis meets with religious in Dhaka December 03, 2017

Pope Francis compared the mentality of religious men and women who engage in gossip to that of terrorists.
The pope departed from a prepared speech and spoke extemporaneously during a meeting with men and women religious in Bangladesh on Dec. 2.
Pope Francis likened the life of a religious in developing wisdom, faith and service to a growing plant.
“God sows the seed, and God is the one who provides for its growth,” said Pope Francis.
The pope then spoke of the tendency of priests, nuns, and the religious to gossip.
“The tongue, brothers and sisters, can destroy a community by speaking badly about another person,” said Pope Francis.
(Photos and text by Joe Torres/ 

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