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In Google Hangout, pope helps launch worldwide social network

Salvadoran Gerardo Ernesto Mancia, 15, video chatted with Pope Francis in San Salvador's gang-infested neighborhood of La Campanera Sept. 4. The pope said all of society needs to help children and young people who are homeless, exploited, victims of violence or without any prospects.

VATICAN CITY -- The wisdom of "It takes a village to raise a child" has been lost as kids are either overprotected by permissive parents or neglected, Pope Francis said.

"The educational partnership has been broken" as families, schools and society are "no longer united together for the child," he said Sept. 4 after holding his first Google Hangout -- a live video conversation -- across five continents with teenagers who belong to the international network of "Scholas occurentes," uniting students of all faiths and cultures.

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