Pope Francis is urging families to put aside their iPhones and Twitter feeds and learn to talk to one another again.

In his annual message for the church's World Day of Communications, released Friday, Francis says media can both help or hinder family communication — helping far-flung members stay in touch but also enabling others to avoid one another.

He said: "The great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information."

The theme of this year's message coincides with Francis' two-year focus on families, which will culminate in October with a big meeting of bishops to hash out better ways to minister to families living with divorce, de-facto unions, gay children and other issues.