The Holy Father exchange the traditional Christmas greetings with the Roman Curia today.
The Pontiff opted not to reflect on the year past, but instead gave a brief address which included some words of thanks to those who are retiring (not a few) and some of his patented homespun advice.
Suggesting that the people who work in the Curia should be holy, a good option I might add, he said:
Holiness in the Curia also means conscientious objection to gossip! We rightfully insist on the importance of conscientious objection but perhaps we, too, need to exercise it as a means of defending ourselves from an unwritten law of our surroundings, which unfortunately is that of gossip. So let us all be conscientious objectors; and mind you, I am not simply preaching! Gossip is harmful to people, our work and our surroundings.