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'Selfies' show you're 'selfish'? Bishop Bacani reflects on culture of 'I, me, myself'

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Are "selfies" symptomatic of a more selfish, self-centered world?

Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani, Jr., in a homily on Wednesday, said: "We are selfish, this is what we need to do away with. [It's all about] I, me, myself... [like] those who keep on taking selfie photos."

Quoted by the CBCP News, the official news site of the Philippine Catholic Church, Bacani was speaking to some 2,000 people gathered to see the international pilgrim image of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal last Wednesday. 

"I joked some people, telling them, 'You're all about picture-taking, but never about picture-giving.' This is the world today, it's all about taking." 

"Selfies" refer to photos people take of their selves - a phenomenon that's exploded worldwide with the advent of camera phones and social media.

Last August 31, Pope Francis himself obliged a group of young Catholics, and gamely joined in their group selfie. The picture went viral, and one unenthused tweeter commented: "Just because Pope Francis poses for a 'selfie', doesn't make it okay!"

CBCP News said that "in an intended pun, Bacani said this selfishness is evident even in the halls of political power, saying, 'If by any chance, you don't take pictures yourself, you take from the pork barrel instead."

Bacani expressed concern for what CBCP News called as "unnatural self-centeredness" in the "smallest to the most powerful." 

"What God wants to say is, 'Leave your selfishness,'" Bacani said. "This is what you need to leave and live in God instead because in God is true peace."

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