- Pope Francis has called on priests and bishops to avoid taking pictures during Mass
- The pope instead said they should focus on God and avoid such unnecessary distractions
- The pope said Mass is not a show and it saddens him to see people taking pictures during Mass
On Wednesday, November 8, Pope Francis chastised priests and bishops who take pictures with their cell phones during Masses, saying they should focus on God instead.
Pope Francis said: "The priest says "lift up your hearts". He does not say, "lift up your cell phones to take pictures."
He said this to tens of thousands of people in St Peter's Square, referring to a communion prayer in the Roman Catholic Mass.
He said using cell phones during Mass is a very ugly thing. He said: "It makes me very sad when I celebrate (Mass) here in the piazza or in the basilica and I see so many cell phones held up.
"Not only by the faithful, but also by some priests and even bishops! The Mass is not a show... so remember, no cell phones!"
Shortly after his election in 2013, he said it pained him to see priests driving flashy cars and eager to use the latest smartphone. The pope is driven around in a simple blue Ford Focus and is not known to have ever used a cell phone in public since his election.
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