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The Pope calls for people to ‘give up using adjectives’

The Pope calls for people to ‘give up using adjectives’ as he declares: ‘I am allergic to these words!’

  • In a speech on Monday, Francis hit out at the ‘culture’ of adjectives and adverbs
  • He hailed use of nouns, and said that the word ‘Christian’ should be used alone
  • Francis had been addressing the Dicastery for Communication in the Vatican

Pope Francis often uses his homilies to rally against the world’s evils such as greed, violence and hatred.

But this week he lashed out at a rather more peculiar sin – the overuse of adjectives.

In a speech on Monday, the leader of the Catholic Church slammed these describing words and even said: ‘I am allergic to those words’.

He said: ‘We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter’s square for his weekly audience. In a speech on Monday, the leader of the Catholic Church slammed these describing words and even said: ‘I am allergic to those words’

Francis followed up his speech with a tweet to his 18million followers hitting out at adjectives

Francis followed up his speech with a tweet to his 18million followers hitting out at adjectives

‘Why say “authentically Christian”? It is “Christian”! The mere fact of the noun “Christian”, “I am Christ” is strong: it is an adjective noun, yes, but it is a noun.

‘The communicator must make people understand the weight of the reality of nouns that reflect the reality of people. 

‘And this is a mission of communication – to communicate with reality, without sweetening with adjectives or adverbs.’ 

Francis had been addressing the Vatican Dicastery for Communication which he founded in 2015 to catapult the tradition-centred Church into the digital age. 

He told the audience: ‘I have a speech to read, it’s not than long, it’s seven pages … but I’m sure that after the first one the majority of you will fall asleep.’ 

Francis (pictured in St Peter's Square) had been addressing the Vatican Dicastery for Communication which he founded in 2015 to catapult the tradition-centred Church into the digital age

Francis (pictured in St Peter’s Square) had been addressing the Vatican Dicastery for Communication which he founded in 2015 to catapult the tradition-centred Church into the digital age

Pope Francis his greeted by nuns during his weekly general audience in the Vatican this morning, on a week when he ranted against the 'culture of adjectives'

Pope Francis his greeted by nuns during his weekly general audience in the Vatican this morning, on a week when he ranted against the ‘culture of adjectives’

And he later tweeted: ‘Let us learn to call people by their name, as the Lord does with us, and to give up using adjectives.’ 

Since launching his Twitter account in 2012, Francis has now accrued more than 18million followers.

Hus burgeoning social media profile, which since 2016 includes an Instagram account, is managed by the Dicastery for Communication, and he thanked them for their hard work. 

This morning, Francis made his weekly appearance in Saint Peter’s Square to lead his Wednesday General Audience.

This morning, Francis made his weekly appearance in Saint Peter's Square to lead his Wednesday General Audience

This morning, Francis made his weekly appearance in Saint Peter’s Square to lead his Wednesday General Audience

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