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dateline: 08 November 2017

Pope Criticizes Mobile Phone Use

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • criticize: to speak out against; to say negative things
  • mass: a religious service (Catholic)
  • address: a speech to an audience
  • bishop: a senior Christian leader
  • avid: enthusiastic; eager

Pope Criticizes Mobile Phone Use

At his address this Wednesday, Francis spoke out against the use of mobile phones during mass. He told his audience at St. Peter’s Square in that taking photos during prayers was “an ugly thing.” Pope Francis mentioned bishops and priests in his address, saying that they too should be lifting up their not their phones. Pope Francis is an avid user, but has not been seen using a mobile phone in public.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did Pope Francis ask people not to do?
  2. Why does the report mention bishops and priests?
  3. What word did Pope Francis use to describe mobile phone use during mass?

Discussion Questions

Do you agree with Pope Francis about mobile phone use during religious gatherings? Would you take a photo of the Pope if you were at his weekly address in Rome?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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3 Comments on Pope Criticizes Mobile Phone Use

  1. Ana says:

    Hi Tara. Thank you for share this lesson with us. I agree with Pope Francis when he said: taking photos during a mass is ” an ugly thing” I think this is a lack of respect!!!! (my opinion)
    best wishes !!!

  2. Alberto says:

    I completely agree with Pope Francis but I understand people who go to Vatican city for the first time and they want to take pictures of everything.

  3. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this week’s news report.

    Second, I didn’t know that some people use mobile phones during mass. Oh! It’s very impolite (my opinion).

    Third, I agree with Pop Francis that taking photos during prayers is “an ugly thing.”

    Best wishes and have a nice time,
    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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