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Pontiff lists 15 ‘ailments’ Vatican Curea is suffering

Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with Cardinals and Bishops of the Vatican Curia on Monday. (Associated Press)
Pope Francis delivers his message during a meeting with Cardinals and Bishops of the Vatican Curia on Monday. (Associated Press)

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis listed 15 “ailments” of the Vatican Curia during his annual Christmas greetings to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the central administration of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church. Here’s the list.

1) Feeling immortal, immune or indispensable.

2) Working too hard.

3) Becoming spiritually and mentally hardened.

4) Planning too much.

5) Working without coordination, like an orchestra that produces noise.

6) Having ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s.’

7) Being rivals or boastful.

8) Suffering from ‘existential schizophrenia.’

9) Committing the ‘terrorism of gossip.’

10) Glorifying one’s bosses.

11) Being indifferent to others.

12) Having a “funereal face.”

13) Wanting more.

14) Forming “closed circles” that seek to be stronger than the whole.

15) Seeking worldly profit and showing off.

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