Pope Francis Asks Followers To Give Up ‘Trolling’ For Lent

Lent is a time for sacrifice and this year, instead of foregoing the usual vices, Pope Francis appealed for his followers to give up behaving rudely online.


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During his Ash Wednesday address to Catholics last February 26, Pope Francis told the people: “It is the time to turn off the television and open the Bible. It is the time to disconnect from your cell phone and connect to the Gospel.”

“We live in an environment polluted by too much verbal violence, by many offensive and harmful words, which the internet amplifies,” he explained.

“We are inundated with empty words, with advertisements, with subtle messages. We have become used to hearing everything about everyone and we risk slipping into a worldliness that atrophies our hearts.”

He talked about being distracted from the word of God by the noise of the internet.

In this noise, “we struggle to distinguish the voice of the Lord who speaks to us, the voice of conscience, of good,” the pope said.

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