‘Visions’ of Mary can distance people from God, says Francis

Purported visions of Mary, if taken in the wrong spirit, can sow confusion and distance people from the Gospel, Pope Francis has said.
Curiosities distance people “from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and hope, from God’s glory and God’s beauty,” the Pope said during a homily at morning Mass in the Vatican guesthouse.

“Jesus says that the kingdom of God doesn’t come in a way that attracts attention,” the Pope said, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

Pope Francis reflected on the day’s Gospel reading from Luke (17:20-25), in which the Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come.