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Vatican Warns that Mobile Phones Threaten the Soul

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The Vatican has warned that mobile phones are bad for your soul. The Pope's spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi warned in a weekly address that modern life is not leaving time for people to cultivate their spiritual dimension. Without a spiritual life "you will lose your soul" he said on the weekly Vatican TV programme, Octavia Dies.

Father Lombardi, who is the director of the Vatican press office added that "today this is a very grave threat, and it is the most irreparable misfortune."

"There is an interior and spiritual dimension of life that must be guarded and nourished. If it is not, it can become barren to the point of drying up and, indeed, dying" the Jesuit priest said.

"In the age of the cell phone and the internet it is probably more difficult than before to protect silence and to nourish the interior dimension of life," he observed. "It is difficult but necessary.

"Today this is a very grave threat, and it is the most irreparable misfortune," he said, adding that if the spiritual dimension of a person was not guarded and nourished or it could "become barren to the point of drying up and, indeed, dying,"

Father Lombardi offered these reflections on the occasion of Pro Orantibus Day.

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