Put away phones at mealtimes and talk to each other, urges Pope

Published December 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

Pope Francis on Sunday urged people to talk to each other at mealtimes instead of using their mobile phones, citing Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as an example for families to follow.

Pope Francis sends a message on a mobile phone at the end of a special audience with altar servers in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, July 31, 2018. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi / MNAILA BULLETIN)
Pope Francis sends a message on a mobile phone at the end of a special audience with altar servers in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican, July 31, 2018. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi / MNAILA BULLETIN)

They “prayed, worked and communicated with each other”, the pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square during his weekly Angelus address.

“I ask myself if you, in your family, know how to communicate or are you like those kids at meal tables where everyone is chatting on their mobile phone … where there is silence like at a Mass but they don’t communicate,” the pope said.

“We have to get back to communicating in our families,” Francis said in his unscripted remarks. “Fathers, parents, children, grandparents, brothers and sisters, this is a task to undertake today, on the day of the Holy Family.”

 

 
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