Pope Francis urges families to put away phones at mealtimes
30 December 2019 | 11:30 am
The pope has urged people to put their smartphones aside — and reconnect with their families. The Catholic leader cited Jesus, Mary and Joseph as leading examples for families to follow.
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Pope Francis has acknowledged the many well-wishes the 86-year-old has received while he’s being treated in a Rome hospital for a respiratory infection.
After widespread concern over the pontiff's health, the Vatican said he will attend the Easter mass. Francis was hospitalized just weeks after his tenth anniversary as the head of the Catholic Church.
The pope used his Easter message to pray for "the beloved Ukrainian people" and expressed his concern about recent tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. The pontiff was released from hospital only last week.
Catholic women's groups have long campaigned for the the right to vote at synods and have criticized the Vatican for not treating women as equal members of the synod.
Ukraine's Prime Minister Shmyhal discussed Kyiv's formula for peace during talks at the Vatican. Meanwhile, Russia said it found the implementation of the grain deal "unsatisfactory."
The 86-year-old pontiff capped his trip to Hungary with a final Mass in Budapest on a sunny spring morning, with thousands having gathered for the blessing. He told people to fight the "closed doors" of nationalism.
The pope reiterated his calls for welcoming migrants after a meeting with nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban. He will also lead an open-air mass outside parliament on Sunday.
Victims who were sexually abused within the Catholic Church have cycled hundreds of kilometers from the Bavarian capital to Rome together. They had a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican to hand over their message.
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The spiritual leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics has suffered several health issues in the last year, but the pontiff is recovering well from his operation, the Vatican has said.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church is "better than before," a doctor said, after he underwent a hernia operation.
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