Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Pope condemns 'virus' of consumerism

Pope spoke between the two biggest shopping days of the year in rich countries such as the United States - Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Online sales in the United States reached $7.4 billion on Friday, up nearly 20% from last year.

'Excesses of con'

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to resist the excesses of consumerism in the period leading up to Christmas, calling it a virus that attacks faith and offends the needy.

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'Things are never enough'

"When you live for things, things are never enough, greed grows, other people become obstacles in a race," he said in the homily of a Mass, decrying that in many places in the world today "consumerism reigns supreme."

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Biggest shopping days

Pope spoke between the two biggest shopping days of the year in rich countries such as the United States - Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Online sales in the United States reached $7.4 billion on Friday, up nearly 20% from last year.

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Consumerism corrodes faith

The Pope said "consumerism is a virus that corrodes faith" because it makes people forget "the brother who knocks at your door".

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Resisting consumerism

He urged people to "resist the blinding lights of consumerism, which will shine everywhere this month" leading up to Christmas.
 

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