Be quiet everyone, says the pope
The pope has asked everyone to be more quiet.
In his annual communications message he extolled the sounds of silence.
He said silence makes people better listeners and better communicators, because they have more time to think about what they are saying.
And he said that in a world inundated by Tweets and 24-hour news coverage, precious time to think gives words greater value.
The pope has used his annual social communications message to comment on social media, urging priests to blog and Catholics who evangelise on Facebook and other social networks to be respectful.
This year, his attention turned to the need to tune out the information overload to allow time for reflection.