Pope Francis poses for a selfie during a conference on families and adolescent education June 19 at Rome's Basilica of St. John Lateran. CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters
ROME – Instead of "pretending to be adolescents," parents must help young people see the blessing of growing into adulthood, Pope Francis told priests, religious, catechists and parish council members from the Diocese of Rome.
The belief that youthfulness is a model of success "is one of the most dangerous 'unwitting' menaces in the education of our adolescents" that hinders their personal growth because "adults have taken their place," the Pope said June 19, opening the Rome Diocese's annual convention.
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