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Pope: "Gossip is harmful to people"

Pope Francis told Vatican administrators, who were dogged by infighting and allegations of corruption during the papacy of his predecessor, to be humble professionals and to spurn gossip. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS, SAYING (TRANSLATION PROVIDED BY THE VATICAN): "Holiness, in the Curia, also means conscientious objection to gossip. We rightfully insist on the importance of conscientious objection, but perhaps we too need to exercise it as a means of defending ourselves from an unwritten law of our surroundings, which unfortunately is that of gossip. So let us all be conscientious objectors; and mind you, I am not simply preaching. Gossip is harmful to people, our work and our surroundings." When he was elected in March, Francis inherited a Curia in disarray and still reeling from the "Vatileaks" scandal, in which documents stolen from former Pope Benedict's office alleged corruption and petty infighting among monsignors.

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