Pope to parents: it's good to fight, just not for …

Pope to parents: it is good to fight, just not for children

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis offers some advice to new parents. They say that it is quite normal to fight, but not for their children because of the "fear" it causes.

Francis asked permission Sunday to give his advice during a ceremony to baptize 27 newborns, an annual tradition that fills the painted Sistine Chapel with newborns, their parents and godparents.

In the midst of cow trading and whimpering, Francis told the parents that they had taken on an important new task by passing on the faith to their children – a task he said starts at home.

Francis then offered a recommendation from the cuff.

He says: "It is normal for husbands to fight … it would be strange if they did not, but do it so that the children do not hear or see it."

In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a Mass of Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, Sunday, January 6, 2019. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show

In this photo with a slow shutter speed Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a Mass of Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, Sunday, January 6, 2019. Pope Francis called on European leaders to show "concrete solidarity" 49 stranded migrants on board a pair of lifeboats. Francis, speaking believers at St. Peter's Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo / Andrew Medichini)

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