Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, pope condemns ‘virus’ of consumerism

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VATICAN CITY (Information) – Pope Francis on Sunday urged individuals to withstand the excesses of consumerism within the interval main as much as Christmas, calling it a virus that assaults religion and offends the needy.

“Whenever you reside for issues, issues are by no means sufficient, greed grows, different individuals grow to be obstacles in a race,” he mentioned within the homily of a Mass, decrying that in lots of locations on this planet as we speak “consumerism reigns supreme.”

Francis spoke between the 2 greatest buying days of the 12 months in wealthy international locations similar to the US – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On-line gross sales in the US reached $7.four billion on Friday, up practically 20% from final 12 months.

The pope mentioned “consumerism is a virus that corrodes religion” as a result of it makes individuals neglect “the brother who knocks at your door”.

He urged individuals to “resist the blinding lights of consumerism, which can shine in all places this month” main as much as Christmas.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Modifying by Mark Potter