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Pope Francis implores congregants to embrace conversations unlike using digital devices at meal times to enhance family life

VATICAN-(MaraviPost)-Pope Francis 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.

They ‘prayed, worked and communicated with each other’, the pope told those gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday during his weekly address.

Pope Francis urged people to talk to each other at mealtimes instead of using their mobile phones. It is not the first time the pontiff has criticised smartphones

Pope Francis urged people to talk to each other at mealtimes instead of using their mobile phones. It is not the first time the pontiff has criticised smartphones

‘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. Fathers, parents, children, grandparents, brothers and sisters – this is a task to undertake today, on the day of the Holy Family.’

It is not the first time the pontiff has criticised smartphones.

Earlier this year he told students at Rome’s Visconti High School: ‘Phones are for connecting – life is for communicating. Free yourself from the addiction… when you become a slave to your mobile phone, you will lose your freedom.’

The Pope cited Jesus, Mary and Joseph as an example for families to follow. They ‘prayed, worked and communicated with each other’, the pope told those gathered in St Peter’s Square yesterday during his weekly address [File photo]

The Pope cited Jesus, Mary and Joseph as an example for families to follow. They ‘prayed, worked and communicated with each other’, the pope told those gathered in St Peter’s Square yesterday during his weekly address [File photo].

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Lloyd M’bwana
Lloyd M’bwanahttps://www.maravipost.com
I'm a Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resource (LUANAR)'s Environmental Science graduate (Malawi) and UK's ICM Journalism and Media studies scholar. Also University of Malawi (UNIMA) Library Science Scholar. I have been The Malawi Country Manager and duty editor for the Maravi Post since 2019. My duty editor’s job is to ensure that the news is covered properly, that it is delivered on time, and that it is created to the standards set out in the editorial guidelines of the Maravi Post.
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