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Leave Mass praising God, not gossiping about others, pope says

The final words at Mass – “Go in peace” – are an invitation to Christians to proclaim God’s blessings through their lives, not an opportunity to go outside and speak ill of others, Pope Francis said.

Through the Eucharist, Jesus “enters in our hearts and in our flesh so that we may express in our lives the sacrament we received in faith,” the pope said during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on 4th April.

“But if we leave the church gossiping, saying, ‘Look at this one, look at that one,’ with a loose tongue, the Mass has not entered into my heart. Why? Because I am not able to live the Christian witness,” he said. “Every time I leave Mass, I must leave better than when I entered, with more life, with greater strength, with a greater desire to give Christian witness.”

An estimated 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square dressed in bright ponchos and holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the cold rain.

Picture: Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 4th April. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).