Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

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June 24, 2015

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 24. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-AUDIENCE June 24, 2015.

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 24. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is “morally necessary” to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 24.

Continuing a series of talks about the family, the pope reflected on the hurts family members cause each other, calling this type of behavior “the ugliest thing.”

The pope said every family has experienced moments when someone’s “words, acts and omissions” offend another and “rather than expressing love, diminish it or worse still, demean it.”

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