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Pope Francis tells Bishops to 'Put Down Their Smartphones'


Pope Francis told bishops, priests and pilgrims on Wednesday that Mass was a time for prayer and not a time to snap photos or use their smartphone cameras.


"At a certain point the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts.' He doesn't say 'lift up our mobile phones to take photographs. "It's so sad when I'm celebrating mass here or inside the basilica and I see lots of phones held up -- not just by the faithful, but also by priests and bishops! Please!"  Pope Francis to the audience at Saint Peter's Square.

The Pope is certainly no stranger to the social media world as he boasts of over 14 million followers on his English-Language Twitter accounts alone. pope Francis often post selfies with happy and excited pilgrims.

The Pope has a kind of conflicted relationship with mobile phones. In February, he told young people to always to put off their smartphones at family meals. He warned that the death of physical communications can cause serious disadvantages for our society.


Pope Francis urged young people to swap their phones with pocket Bibles. He calls the internet a gift from God if used wisely.

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