Vatican City, Dec 13, 2012 / 12:26 pm
As young people become more concerned with quick professional success and rely on social networks as a replacement for community, Pope Benedict said that families and governments must work for the authentic education of students.
In a Dec. 13 address in the Vatican's Clementine Hall to new ambassadors from Guinea, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Zambia, the Pope turned the diplomats' attention to the "unprecedented" rifts in society that need to be addressed.
"Family and school no longer seem to be the first and natural fertile ground where younger generations can receive the lifeblood of their existence," Benedict XVI said.
The Pope asserted that the "natural areas of society and communications" have been replaced by the "novelty" of social networking.