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Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:52 PM

Put away phones at mealtimes and talk to each other, says pope

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS DECEMBER 29, 2019 / 10:08 AM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

Put away phones at mealtimes and talk to each other, says pope

VATICAN CITY (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.

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 mealtables 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.”

Reporting by Gavin Jones; Editing by Alison Williams


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-families-phones/put-away-phones-at-mealtimes-and-talk-to-each-other-says-pope-idUSKBN1YX0D5

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Reply Put away phones at mealtimes and talk to each other, says pope (Original post)
Eugene Dec 2019 OP
redstatebluegirl Dec 2019 #1
50 Shades Of Blue Dec 2019 #3
redstatebluegirl Dec 2019 #4
50 Shades Of Blue Dec 2019 #2
Voltaire2 Dec 2019 #5
50 Shades Of Blue Dec 2019 #6
MissMillie Dec 2019 #7
AtheistCrusader Dec 2019 #8
Cartoonist Dec 2019 #9
Mariana Dec 2019 #10

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 05:54 PM

1. I am a recovering catholic, but I really like this Pope.

Francis may bring people back to the Church who have been gone for a long time.

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Response to redstatebluegirl (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 06:03 PM

3. As long as Francis promotes the same old misogynistic and homophobic policies his

predecessors did, which he does, he'll never get me back.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 06:04 PM

4. Agreed.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 06:02 PM

2. How does the pope know what JJ&M did for dinner?

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 09:44 PM

5. He knows they didn't use their phones

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during meals. That part is obvious. The rest is idle speculation.

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 29, 2019, 10:06 PM

6. For all he knows, Jesus whomped up some phones for them.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 12:12 PM

7. It just wasn't that long ago

that we were all out and about in the world w/o being attached to an electronic device.

And when I was growing up, the only time we would answer the phone during meals was when one of us wasn't home... just in case there was an emergency. Heck, back then we didn't even have voicemail, or answering machines.

Someone's kind enough to put a plate of food in front of you... be respectful enough to eat it w/o unnecessary distraction.

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Response to MissMillie (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 02:30 PM

8. I see (and people in my family use) phones out sometimes in public restaraunts when waiting for food

or whatever,

but I have NEVER seen this happen in my, or any other family I have eaten with's dining room, or even when eating in the living room. It's just not done.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 05:31 PM

9. I've seen it on TV

I bet the Pope has too.

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Response to MissMillie (Reply #7)

Mon Dec 30, 2019, 06:49 PM

10. When I was growing up, my father put the TV on during supper.

At least there wasn't any Fox News then.

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