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Pope Francis Wants You to Put Your Phone Down During Church

‘It’s a very ugly thing.’

Pope Francis is known for being progressive, but when it comes to technology, he’s a bit old school. Despite his enormous social media following (14.7 million followers on Twitter alone), he recently “chided the Catholic faithful” for using smartphones during Mass, according to BBC News.

At his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis said, “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 a very ugly thing,” BBC News reports. “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!” he continued.

It’s a good reminder to look up and live in the moment. 

Read more on BBC News. 

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