| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Be kind to your mother-in-law, urges Pope

Pope Francis urged Catholics to honor the elderly and protect family ties, while again returning to the contentious issue of mothers-in-law.

On a visit to the United States in 2015, Francis made a gathering of thousands chuckle when he said to them, “Families argue, plates can fly, children bring headaches, and I won’t speak about mother-in-laws.”


Turning his attention once again to family relations on Wednesday, Francis made a long digression on the “mythical character” of the mother-in-law and said they were often the victim of “cliches”.

Devoting his general audience in St Peter’s Square to the relationship between generations, the Argentine pontiff added: “I’m not saying we see her (the mother in law as the devil, but she is always presented in a pejorative way. But the mother-in-law is the mother of your husband and the mother of your wife,” he said.

“We say to ourselves ‘the further away your mother-in-law is, the better’.

“But no — she’s a mother, she’s an elderly person.

“One of the most beautiful things for a woman is to have grandchildren. When her children have children, it brings her to life again,” the 85-year-old pope added.

And he urged daughters-in-law to take care of their relationships with their mothers-in-law.

“…they gave birth to your spouse,” he said. “At least make them happy.”

The pope also had advice for mothers-in-law.

“I tell you, be careful how you express yourselves,” he added.



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