Stop taking smartphone snapshots during Mass, pope says
The Mass is not a show, but a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, Pope Francis said.
That is why people need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass, he said.
When the priest celebrating Mass says, “Let us lift up our hearts,” he is not saying, “lift up our mobile phones and take a picture. No. It’s an awful thing” to do, the pope said on 8th November during his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square.
“It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many mobile phones in the air. And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too,” he said.
“Please, Mass is not a show. It is going to encounter the Passion, the Resurrection of the Lord,” he said to applause.
Picture: People take photos on tablets and phones as Pope Francis arrives to open the annual convention of the Diocese of Rome in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on 16th June 2014. The pope, at his 8th November general audience, said it’s “an awful thing” for people to take mobile phone photos at Mass. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: mobile phone, photos, pictures, Pope, Pope Francis, smartphone, snaps, snapshots