Pope Francis says ‘no’ to texting at the dinner table

A boy takes selfies with Pope Francis during a visit at the parish of St. Mary Josefa of the Heart of Jesus in Rome February 19, 2017. (Reuters)

The Pope has spoken again and decried those who text at the dinner table, according to The Huffington Post.

He said this while addressing to university students in Rome on Friday, as reported in People magazine.

“When we’re at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it’s the start of war because there is no dialogue,” he said.

A few years ago, the pontiff spoke to a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the dangerous effects of families texting or watching TV during meal time, instead of paying attention to each other.

“A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family,” the Pope said in November 2015, as reported by the Catholic News Agency.

“When children at the table are attached to the computer or the phone and don’t listen to each other, this is not a family, this is a pensioner!”

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