POPE FRANCIS URGES WORLD TO JETTISON ‘BANALITY OF CONSUMERISM’ AND AVOID ‘EMPTY CHATTER’ IN NEW YEAR’S DAY MESSAGE

Pope Francis has recommended jettisoning life's "useless baggage" in 2018, including what he called "empty chatter" and banal consumerism, and focusing instead on building a peaceful and welcoming world, particularly for refugees and migrants.

Francis offered his reflections on paring down non-essentials as he celebrated New Year's Day Mass Monday …

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