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POPE'S MESSAGE | A family that doesn't eat together is 'hardly a family'

Pope Francis greeted a baby as he arrived to lead his general audience Nov. 11 in St. Peter’s Square. Continuing his catechetical series on family life, the pope reflected on the theme of togetherness, which is manifested at the dinner table.

VATICAN CITY -- A family that chooses to watch TV or play with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," Pope Francis said.

"When children at the dinner table are glued to the computer, or the telephone and do not listen to one another, they are not a family, they are retired," the pope said Nov. 11 at his weekly general audience.

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