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Having children reflects hope for future, Pope says

May 12, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: Speaking on May 12 to a Roman conference on declining birth rates, Pope Francis said that “the birth of children is the main indicator for measuring the hope of a people.”

Enlarging on that theme, the Pontiff said that “starting a family is turning into a titanic effort.” He observed that young couples feel more anxiety, and many are “settling for mediocre substitutes: making money, aiming for a career, traveling, jealously guarding leisure time.” He said that wars, climate change, and environmental degradation, as well as economic factors, aggravate the problem.

Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni also attended the conference, reflecting her government’s concern about the “birth dearth.”

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - May. 13, 2023 2:29 AM ET USA

    Does this mean he is no longer denigrating married people for "being like rabbits" in terms of their desire to generate large Catholic families?