17 Feb '17, 1pm

Stop hurling insults and listen, #PopeFrancis tells politicians

ROME (Reuters) - Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other, Pope Francis said on Friday (Feb 17), adding that leaders should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. "Insulting has become normal," he said in a 45-minute-long improvised talk to university students in Rome. "We need to lower the volume a bit and we need to talk less and listen more." Francis, the son of Italian migrants to Argentina, also warned against anti-immigrant movements and urged that newcomers be treated "as human brothers and sisters". While the pope spoke mostly in general terms about the need for more dialogue in society as he answered questions from four students at the Roma Tre campus, he singled out politicians. "In the newspapers, we see this one insulting that one, that one says this about the other one," he said. "B...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/stop-hurling-ins...

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