The Pope sends out a warning to the Vatican and urges them to heed his words for there is a demon in their midst waiting to strike.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, on Thursday, December 22, 2022, the pope sat down to give his annual address to the Vatican’s high-ranking members and told them that an “elegant demon” walks among them. The Bishop of Rome told the division of the ancient Roman people, comprising several generations of the Catholic Church, that he refers to those among them who think that because they are cardinals, bishops, and priests, they are better than the rest of the world and are holier than the average person.
He sternly reminded them that they are even more susceptible to being targeted by the devil.
Pope Francis reiterated by saying that living in the heart of the Catholic Church puts them in even greater danger because the devil will come in forms that are misleading and persuasive, so they must stay vigilant in their duties to the religion.
Pope Francis has always used his Christmas address for a yearly reprimanding of the people of the Holy See. His most castigatory critique was seen eight years ago when he listed several issues that the high-ranking members were partaking in, such as hypocrisy and extreme gossiping. The Holy Father, however, did not leave them to solve this issue alone but reminded them of their “catalogue of virtues,” which includes being honest, humble, and solemn.