Pope Francis has criticised hypocrites in the Catholic Church during his general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday.
“How often do we see the scandals of these people who go to church and are there every day, and then they lead a life in which they hate others or talk badly about other people.
“Better not go to church: Live like an atheist,’’ Francis said.
During the audience, the Argentinian leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics demonstrated his ability to connect with ordinary people.
He, however, received members of the Cuban National Circus, while he laughed with the dancing artists and balanced a football on his fingertip.