Most of us don’t like people who constantly complain and Pope Francis is no different. Therefore he took some measures to prevent such people from bothering him and has put up a sign on the door of his Vatican residence that openly says: “No Whining”.
Under the unambiguous warning, the red-and-white sign in the Italian language goes on to say that “violators are subject to a syndrome of always feeling like a victim and the consequent reduction of your sense of humor and capacity to solve problems”.
A photograph of the sign was posted on the Vatican Insider website and its editor-in-chief Andrea Tornielli confirmed to Reuters its existence on the pope’s door.
Andrea Tornielli is an author who is close to Francis and has interviewed him several times. The sign is accompanieBNd by the international symbol for ‘no’ – a reverse slash in a circle.
It adds: “The penalty is doubled if the violation takes place in the presence of children. To get the best out of yourself, concentrate on your potential and not on your limitations,” followed by the closing remark: “Stop complaining and take steps to improve your life”.
The pope received the sign not long ago by Italian psychologist and self-help author Salvo Noe. Francis promised Noe he would place the sign in his office as a joke.
Pope Francis has had plenty of complainers in the Vatican and in the Church since his election in 2013. He has tried to lead the 1.2 billion-member Catholic Church to a more inclusive and merciful future, but not without angering a few conservatives who believe he is spreading doctrinal confusion.
One such occasion involved German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, whom the pope fired last month from his post as Vatican doctrinal chief at the end of his five-year term. Mueller, who disagrees with the pope on a number of issues, apparently thought his mandate would be automatically renewed. He later told a German newspaper that the way he was treated was “unacceptable”.
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