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Pope tells priests to keep it snappy or people will nod off

Priests should keep their homilies short and speak for a maximum of eight minutes to prevent members of the congregation from nodding off, Pope Francis said on Wednesday. The homily, or message delivered by a celebrant during a church service, “must be short: an image, a thought, a feeling”, the pope said during his weekly audience. It should not last longer than eight minutes “because after that time attention is lost and people fall asleep, and they are right,” said the 87-year-old p...

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