- Pope Francis said the devil has two weapons
- He said that division is the weapon the devil used the most to destroy the Church
- He said that the devil’s second weapon is money
“Division is the weapon the devil employs most to destroy the Church from within.”
This was part of Pope Francis’ statement to a group of recently appointed bishops of mission countries at the end of a formation course organized by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples held at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace. on Friday, September 9.
According to an article by Catholic Philly, the prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Fernando Filoni introduced the 96 missionary bishops to the pope, He said that 43 of the bishops were from Africa, 36 from Asia, 13 from the Americas and four from Oceania.
During his speech, Pope Francis said that the devil actually has two weapons – division and money.
Catholic News Agency quoted him as saying: “Division is the weapon the devil employs most to destroy the Church from within.
He has two weapons, but the main one is division: the other is money. The devil enters through our pockets and destroys with the tongue, with idle chatter that divides and the habit of gossiping is a habit of ‘terrorism’.”
Pope Francis emphasized that gossip is a ‘terrorist’ who throws a grenade – chatter – in order to destroy.
He urged the bishops to fight against division because it is what the devil uses the most in order to destroy the Church.
He told them that there would be a lot of difficult challenges for them to overcome, but with the grace of God, prayer, penance, they will surely overcome whatever challenges they will face.
“Care for the people God has entrusted to you, care for priests, care for seminarians. This is your task,” he added.