Pope Francis has a new commandment: Thou shalt not whine.


A sign on the holy father’s door at the Vatican tells visitors in Italian “complaining forbidden.”


The sign, first reported by La Stampa’s Vatican Insider, tells potential sinners that “violators are subject to a syndrome of always feeling like a victim and the consequent reduction of your sense of humor and capacity to solve problems.”


“The penalty is doubled if the violation takes place in the presence of children. To get the best out of yourself, concentrate on your potential and not on your limitations,” the sign continues, before telling readers to “take steps to improve your life.”

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Pope Francis was given the sign by an Italian psychologist.

Pope Francis was given the sign by an Italian psychologist.

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It was not immediately clear at whom the sign, given to the Pope by Italian psychologist Salvo Noe, was directed.


Though Francis’s approach to Catholicism has gained many fans, some conservatives have faulted him for shaking up traditional Church doctrine.


Beyond encouraging more lenient approaches on issues such as divorce and homosexuality, he has encouraged the world’s billion-plus Catholics to be more joyful.


He criticized some sad Christians shortly after his election for having faces like “pickled peppers.”

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