Pope Francis looks on during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 22. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-ENDURANCE March 22, 2017.
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Pope Francis has lamented what he calls today’s “culture of insults” in the world.

In his homily during Pentecost Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Francis also decried that “the more we use social media, the less social we are becoming.”

He warned of the temptation to cling to “our little group, to the things and people we like,” saying it’s only a “small step from a nest to a sect, even within the church.”

The pope said that “nowadays it is fashionable to hurl adjectives” in what’s tantamount to “a culture of insults.” He recommended responding to “to malice with goodness.”

Francis also said the Catholic church risks becoming a mere organisation with propaganda as its mission instead of a mission to foster joy and harmony.

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