His chiding wasn’t just for the laity. Francis also took aim at “some priests and even bishops” who were guilty of reaching for their phones.
“Please,” he said, “the Mass is not a show. It’s a meeting with the passion and the resurrection of our Lord.”
It is not the first time that the pope has advised Catholics on when to use their smartphones. The dinner table, he once suggested, should also be also off limits.
In his 2016 teaching on the family, Francis encouraged families to spend time chatting over a meal rather than staring at their screens.
In the teaching, “Amoris Laetitia,” Latin for “The Joy of Love,” he wrote, “We know that sometimes they can keep people apart rather than together, as when at dinnertime everyone is surfing on a mobile phone, or when one spouse falls asleep waiting for the other who spends hours playing with an electronic device.”
“A family that almost never eats together,” he wrote, “or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family.”