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Pope, subject of gossip, denounces gossips

One day after copies of a poster were plastered around the Rome city center criticizing Pope Francis, the pontiff used his Angelus message to call for an authentic witness free from gossip and maliciousness. 

A fundamental quality of salt that Christians should adopt, is its ability to preserve from corruption, keeping away "the polluting germs of selfishness, envy and malicious gossip," Francis said Feb. 5 in his remarks after the recitation of the Angelus prayer.

In communications day message, Francis asks outlets to focus on good news, too

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Pope Francis is asking news outlets around the globe to remember to focus not only on news of the world’s tragedies or scandals but also on positive solutions to its problems.

In his message for World Communications Day, released Tuesday, the pontiff tells media professionals:  "I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on ‘bad news.’”

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