Pope condemns 'cancer' of cliques in Christmas message to staff

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Francis says some of those chosen to help him reform Holy See have shown themselves to be not up to the task

Pope Francis has used a Christmas greeting to dress down Vatican colleagues, denouncing the “cancer” of cliques and how bureaucrats can become corrupted by ambition and vanity.

“Reforming Rome is like cleaning the Egyptian sphinxes with a toothbrush,” Francis told cardinals, bishops and priests who work for him on Thursday. “You need patience, dedication and delicacy.”

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