Tuesday 25 April 2017

Mobiles at dinner table 'start of war', says Pope

Pope Francis gestures as he talks during a meeting at the University Roma Tre in Rome, Italy.
Pope Francis gestures as he talks during a meeting at the University Roma Tre in Rome, Italy.

Nick Squires

Families should put down their mobile phones at the dinner table and engage in conversation, Pope Francis said yesterday, warning that a lack of dialogue between people and nations can lead to "war".

"When there's no dialogue at home, when we're at the table and instead of talking everyone is on their phone…it's the start of war, because there is no dialogue," the pontiff told students at a university in Rome.

He made the remarks during a 45-minute address in which he chastised politicians for failing to listen to each other, saying a lack of dialogue could lead to the outbreak of conflict.

"In the newspapers, we see this one insulting that one, that one says this about the other one," he said. He criticised televised political debates "where even before one finishes talking, he is interrupted. Where there is no dialogue, there is violence. Wars start in your heart."

The Pope did not specify which politicians or countries he had in mind, although his remarks come amid a toxic level of debate under the presidency of Donald Trump in the US. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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