Pope tells people to stop using useless, silly adjectives

The Pope really is not a fan of adjectives.

He’s so fed up with them, he said ‘I am allergic to those words’ in a speech yesterday.

But Pope Francis is much more keen on nouns and thinks they’re massively underrated.

Speaking to the Vatican’s communications team, he said: ‘We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns.’

One adjective that really grinds his gears is the word ‘authentic’.

He said: ‘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.’

It was the first time Pope Francis met the Dicastery for Communications since he founded it in 2015.

He set it up because he thought the way the Catholic Church communicated in the age of digital media needed ‘rethinking’.

Addressing the team, he said: ‘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.’

In a bid to get to speed with the 21st century, he urged the department to ‘encourage the formation of digital environments in which people communicate.’

He also thanked them for managing his Twitter account, which has more than 18 million followers.

He reiterated his message on the social media platform, saying: ‘Let us learn to call people by their name, as the Lord does with us, and to give up using adjectives.’

The Pope also launched an Instagram account in 2016 and racked up a million followers in fewer than 12 hours.

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