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Yes, Pope Francis Just Warned that Texting at the Dinner Table “Will Cause Wars”

Yes, Pope Francis Just Warned that Texting at the Dinner Table “Will Cause Wars”: Franco Origlia / Getty

Franco Origlia / Getty

In the news of things you should watch out for, starting a war due to your tech habits at the dinner table is something you should pay attention to. Pope Francis I, who really likes Twitter and selfies, recently took time to express concern about phone usage at dinner time. According to the Daily Mail, the Pope feels that there are long term consequences towards a quiet dinner period.

“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.” Francis told students at Roma Tre University in Rome. The key to avoiding war according to the Pope? Why, active listening of course. “Dialogue which brings hearts closer together [is] a medicine against violence.”

So put down the Snapchat and grab a spoonful of sugar, kapeesh?

Pope Francis has been waging this grand defense of dinner time rituals for almost a year now, having shared in September 2016) that dinner was a time to “Not just see, but look. Not just hear, but listen.“

So when your mom threatens to unleash the wrath of God if you don’t put away your phone, take heed. She might not be lying at all.

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