GENERAL AUDIENCE: ”A FAMILY SHOULD SHARE AND TALK AT TABLE, NO TO SMARTPHONES AND TV” At the beginning of the audience, Francis has urged to pray for the Church which is celebrating the Italian National Conference in Florence

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“When there is no conviviality, there is selfishness and everyone thinks about himself. Especially since advertising has reduced it to a languor for snacks and craving for sweets. While too many brothers and sisters are away from that table. It’s a shame!” This is what Pope Francis stated during his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square. During the catechesis, the Holy Father addressed the issue of “conviviality, i.e. the attitude of sharing the goods of life and be happy to do so.” “Its symbol and ‘icon’ – he explained – is the family gathered around the table at home. Sharing a meal – and then, in addition to food, also  suffering, stories, events … – is a fundamental experience”.

The Pontiff noted that a family whose members “almost never eat together, or where they do not talk but watch television or their smartphones while eating, is a family which “has little to do with family”; “it is rather a hostel” and the “silence of selfishness reigns in it”. “At our time – he added – marked by so many closures and by too many walls, conviviality, generated by the family and expanded by the Eucharist, becomes a major opportunity”. Simply partaking in the Eucharist, “the family is purified from the temptation to close in itself, fortifies love and faithfulness, and extends the reach of its fraternity according to the heart of Christ”, building “bridges of reception and charity”. At the beginning of the audience, Francis has urged to pray for the Church which is celebrating the Italian National Conference in Florence.

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