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Caption: Pope Francis greets a cardinal during an audience to exchange Christmas greetings with members of the Roman Curia in Clementine Hall at the Vatican Dec. 22. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis greets a cardinal during an audience to exchange Christmas greetings with members of the Roman Curia in Clementine Hall at the Vatican Dec. 22. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope warns Vatican officials of 'spiritual Alzheimer's,' other ills

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' Christmas greeting to the Vatican bureaucracy this year was an extended warning against a host of spiritual ills to which he said Vatican officials are prone, including "spiritual Alzheimer's," "existential schizophrenia," publicity-seeking, the "terrorism of gossip" and even a poor sense of humor.

The pope made his remarks Dec. 22, in a biting half-hour speech to heads of the Roman Curia, the church's central administration, and to cardinals resident in Rome.
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Caption: Girls at Good Shepherd Social Center in Deir al-Ahmar, Lebanon, make Christmas drawings and decorations for their parents during class. More than 300 Syrian refugees ages 5 to 14 attend school at the center. (CNS/Brooke Anderson)
Girls at Good Shepherd Social Center in Deir al-Ahmar, Lebanon, make Christmas drawings and decorations for their parents during class. More than 300 Syrian refugees ages 5 to 14 attend school at the center. (CNS/Brooke Anderson)
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