- The Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, advised the Catholic mothers on some tough-love parenting styles toward their unmarried sons
- He told the frustrated mums to stop ironing their son's shirts and instead encourage them to get married
- The 85-year-old cleric also urged the adult men to face their challenges as they come and never resort to going back to their mums
The Pope has offered some advice to mothers worried their sons are delaying getting married and settling in life.
Pope Francis has asked the frustrated mums to toughen their love by stopping ironing their son's shirts and encouraging them to get married.
Speak to my son
Speaking to the Catholic mums during a mass service to mark the end of the 10th World Meeting of Families at the Vatican in Rome over the weekend, the head of the Catholic church said:
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"We see so many young men who don't have the courage to get married and mothers often say to me 'do something, speak to my son, who is not getting married and is 37-years-old'.
But Signora, don't iron his shirts, make the first move by sending him out, let him leave the nest," as reported by Wales Online.
The 85-year-old, who has neither been married nor has children of his own, also challenged the adult men to face obstacles they meet in life.
He assured them of tough times but implored them to never give up by returning to their mother's house for refuge.
"And then, in the moments of difficulty, in crises – all families have them – please don't take the easy road: 'I'm going back to mum. 'No, move ahead with this courageous gamble.
There will be difficult moments, hard moments, but move ahead, always," he stated.
The religious leader added that familial love was never possessive but always gave freedom, as he encouraged mothers to push their sons to marry.
Pope Francis condemns attack on Enugu bishop
Pope Francis condemned the social media attack on Bishop of Enugu Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga by followers of controversial priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, The Nation reports.
The attack on the bishop followed the directive to Catholics in the Diocese to stop attending Mbaka’s Adoration Ministry in Enugu.
Mbaka shut the adoration ground until further notice after the ban, resulting to protests by the members of the Adoration, who insulted the bishop for prohibiting Catholics from the Ministry.