Pope Francis on Sunday urged folks to withstand the excesses of consumerism within the interval main as much as Christmas, calling it a virus that assaults religion and offends the needy.
“Once you stay for issues, issues are by no means sufficient, greed grows, different folks turn out to be obstacles in a race,” he stated within the homily of a Mass, decrying that in lots of locations on the planet right this moment “consumerism reigns supreme.”
Francis spoke between the 2 largest purchasing days of the 12 months in wealthy international locations comparable to the USA – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On-line gross sales in the USA reached $7.four billion on Friday, up almost 20% from final 12 months.
The pope stated “consumerism is a virus that corrodes religion” as a result of it makes folks neglect “the brother who knocks at your door”.
He urged folks to “resist the blinding lights of consumerism, which is able to shine all over the place this month” main as much as Christmas.
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