Pope urges people to stop using adjectives to describe Christianity

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Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for an audience with members of the penitentiary police, at the Vatican, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis said churches should not be described as 'small and authentic'. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis has told people to stop using adjectives to describe all things Christian, urging people to remember “the strength of nouns”.

The Pope said in a speech that churches should not be described as “small and authentic”, insisting the word “Christian” was strong enough.

He said: "We have fallen into the culture of adjectives and adverbs, and we have forgotten the strength of nouns.”

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The Pope also said he was 'allergic' to adjectives. (Getty)

Referencing the use of adjectives – words used to describe nouns – he added: “I am allergic to those words.”

The Pope later tweeted: “Let us learn to call people by their name, as the Lord does with us, and to give up using adjectives.”

Despite the Pope’s plea, adjectives are used in the Bible (“there is none good but One, that is God”).

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But Pope Francis highlighted how staff at the Dicastery for Communications – the Vatican’s communications authority – should "communicate with reality, without sweetening with adjectives or adverbs”.

He added: “Beauty manifests itself from the noun itself, without strawberries on the cake.”

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