“You Are Forbidden to Complain”: Notice on the Pope’s Door

“Act to Change Your Life for the Better”

Salvo Noé & Pope Francis / © PHOTO.VA - OSSERVATORE ROMANO

“You are forbidden to complain,” reads a notice attached recently to the door of Pope Francis’ apartment in Saint Martha’s House in the Vatican. The notice was reported by “Vatican Insider” and confirmed to ZENIT by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, on July 14, 2017.

For several days, reports the Italian site, the red and white notice has explained to visitors that “transgressors are the object of a syndrome of victimization, which has as a consequence a low mood and of the capacity to resolve problems.” And the “sanction is double when the violation is committed in the presence of children.”

To give the “best of oneself,” explains the text, it is necessary “to concentrate on the potentialities and not on the limitations: stop complaining and act to change your life for the better.”

It was a priest who took the photo to spread it. The notice is the work of Italian psychotherapist Salvo Noe. Meeting the Pope during the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on June 14, he gave him a book and this notice, which the Bishop of Rome liked.

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