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Pope Francis Advises Priests To Keep Preaching Short As ‘People Fall Asleep’

Pope Francis addresses the crowd during his weekly general audience at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Isabella Bonotto/AFP/Getty Images via TG

Pope and head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has reportedly advised Priests to keep homilies short as ‘people fall asleep’.

A homily in a Roman Catholic service usually follows a reading from the Bible and is used to reinforce the teaching.

“Priests should keep their homilies short and speak for a maximum of eight minutes to prevent members of the congregation from nodding off,” the Pope said.

The homily, or message delivered during a church service, “must be short: an image, a thought, a feeling”, the pope said during his weekly audience on Wednesday.

It should not last longer than eight minutes “because after that time attention is lost and people fall asleep, and they are right,” the 87-year-old pontiff said.

“Priests sometimes talk a lot and you don’t understand what they are talking about,” he added.

According to Ghana based, The Graphic online, Pope Francis had spoken in the past of the need for priests not to “ramble” on during sermons but his own use of language is now under scrutiny.

He caused controversy amid reports that he used a highly derogatory term to describe the LGBTQ+ community.

Francis apologised last month after Italian media attributed to him the use of the word “frociaggine”, a vulgar Italian term roughly translating as “faggotness” or “faggotry”, during a closed-door meeting with Italian bishops on May 20.

However, according to Italian news agency ANSA, Francis repeated the term on Tuesday as he met Roman priests. – TG

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