Every year during Lent, Catholics are commonly asked to give up on indulgences such as candy, chocolate, alcohol, or other vices.
But this year, Pope Francis went on to ask people to quit trolling others on social media.
“We like in an atmosphere polluted by way too much verbal violence, too many offensive and harmful words, which are amplified by the internet. Today, people insult each other as if they were saying ‘Good Day'”, said the Pope.
Today, while addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square, marking the 40-day season that leads up to Easter, Pope Francis made an appeal to let go of all negative activity on social media.
He said that Lent was the “time to give up useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle and speak to God on a first-name basis.”