BBC News – Pope Francis sharply criticises Vatican bureaucracy

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30577368
22 December 2014 Last updated at 14:00 ET

The Pope delivered his tough message in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall Related Stories

Pope Francis has sharply criticised the Vatican bureaucracy in a pre-Christmas address to cardinals, complaining of “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and “the terrorism of gossip”.

He said the Curia – the administrative pinnacle of the Roman Catholic Church – was suffering from 15 “ailments”, which he wanted cured in the New Year.

Pope Francis – the first Latin American pontiff – also criticised “those who look obsessively at their own image”.

He has demanded reform of the Curia.

There was silence at the end of the Pope’s speech.

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