Whiners have been put on notice by the head of Christian community, Pope Francis, who has stuck a big sign to the front door of his Vatican apartment that reads: “No Complaining”.
The phrase is also followed by a warning that “violators are subject to a syndrome of always feeling like a victim and the consequent reduction of your sense of humour and capacity to solve problems”.
The sign adds that “Sanction is doubled if the offence is committed in the presence of children”, and concludes: “To become the best of yourself, you must focus on your own potential and not on your limits, so stop complaining and act to change your life for the better.”
The notice appeared in recent days on the door that leads to the pope’s private rooms in Casa Santa Marta; the residence where he lives in the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica.
According to The Telegraph, the humored notice appears to be aimed at cardinals, priests and members of his staff who may be more inclined to bring problems than solutions to the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The sign was a gift from an Italian psychologist and author of self-help books, Salvo Noé, whom the Pope met last month in St Peter’s Square. The pope promised that he would post it outside his apartment, which doubles as his private office.
Famous for his direct language, he has in the past urged Catholics to have a positive outlook, whatever the troubles they may be facing.