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Pope Francis speaks about educating children during his general audience

(VIDEO ONLY) During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis spoke about the educational dimension of family life. He also touched on difficult issues like separated parents. The Pope said parents should learn to control their children with patience and without aggravating them. Good family education, he said, is the backbone of humanity. SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHISM IN ENGLISH: Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our catechesis on the family, today we consider the vocation of families to educate their children, to raise them in the profound human values which are the backbone of a healthy society.  This educational mission, essential as it is, nowadays encounters a variety of difficulties.  Parents spend less time with their children and schools are often more influential than families in shaping the thinking and values of the young.  Yet the relationship between family and school ought to be harmonious.  Our children need sure guidance in the process of growing in responsibility for themselves and others.  Christian communities are called to support the educational mission of families.  They do this above all by living in fidelity to Godâ??s world, cultivating faith, love and patience.  Jesus himself was raised in a family; when he tells us that all who hear the word of God and obey are his brothers and sisters, he reminds us that for all their failings, our families can count on his inspiration and grace in the difficult but rewarding vocation of educating their children. I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in todayâ??s Audience, including those from Great Britain, Finland, Norway, South Africa, China, India, Korea, Canada and the United States of America.  Upon all of you, and your families, I invoke an abundance of joy and peace in the Lord Jesus.  God bless you all! JRB/ATO CTV -PR up:GRT #Papa