Pope Francis to the faithful: Leave your smartphone at home when going to Mass

In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis pointedly admonished the faithful – even priests and bishops – who take smartphone photos at Mass.

The Mass is not a show, but a beautiful, transformative encounter with the true loving presence of Christ, Pope Francis said during the audience

That is why people need to focus their hearts on God, not focus their smartphones for pictures during Mass, he said.

It makes me so sad when I celebrate (Mass) in the square or in the basilica and I see so many cellphones in the air. And not just by the lay faithful, some priests and bishops, too,” he said.

According to the Catholic News Agency (Nov. 8, 2017), the pope will focus on the Eucharist during the catechesis portions of the general audiences.

For the Catholic News Service (Nov. 8, 2017) report, click here.

For the CNA posting, click here.