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Cardinal laments Italy’s ‘demographic suicide’

May 28, 2010

In a May 25 address to his fellow Italian bishops, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian episcopal conference, lamented his nation’s “slow demographic suicide.” “Over 50% of families today are without children,” he said; another quarter have only one child, while just 5.1% have three or more.


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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 28, 2010 8:52 PM ET USA

    Rome 2049: As the last woman born in Italy in the last century, turns 50 this week , Maria regrets none of her four former husbands and her ever decided to have a child. This regret of the over-50's is shared among both men and women who were childless by choice. Not all, however, call this the death of Italy. The Institute of European Ethnology reports that Italy is not empty of people, only empty of what historically were"Italians" Today's Italians are likely to have grandparents who...