Pope Francis launches Vatican critique

Pope Francis
Pope Francis

Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him.

In his Christmas greeting to his cardinals, Francis denounced how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from “spiritual Alzheimer’s” that has made them forget they are supposed to be joyful men of God.

The speech was met with tepid applause .