start a family in Pope Francis said Italy was turning into a “tremendous effort” that only the rich could afford on Friday, warning This “savage” is free-market Circumstances prevented young out of existence children.
Births in Italy fell below 400,000 in 2022 for the first time, marking the fourteenth consecutive annual fall, with Overall population declining From 179,000 to 58.85 million.
speaking at a conference on The growing demographic crisis, said Pope Francis declining The birth rate indicates a deficiency of Hopes in the future and with younger generations weighing down meaning of Uncertainty, fragility and instability.
“difficulty in find a stable job, difficulty in save oneprohibitively expensive homes skyHigh rents and insufficient wages real problems, he said, sitting next to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
“A free market, without the necessary corrective action, becomes barbaric and results in increasingly dangerous situations and inequalities.” added.
The pope said pets were taking her place children in Some families narrated how A woman in a speaking audience opened her bag and asked for Papal blessing for “Ha baby’, only to reveal that it was a dog.
“I lost my patience and resentment for saying so much children You are hungry and bring me dog,” He said.
But he acknowledged there were “almost insurmountable limitations”. on young women They are forced to choose between their career and motherhood. Given the high costs involved in Children booster and people They were reviewing their priorities added.
“We cannot passively accept this many numbers young people struggle to realize family dream And they are forced to lower the bar of Desire, stability for Modest Alternatives: Money Making Aim for Career, travel, guarding leisure jealously.”
shrank population A major concern for third largest country in the eurozone, with the economy minister warning This week Italy’s GDP risked falling 18% points over the next two decades if current Birth trends persisted.
education minister He said on Thursday current Demographics indicate that the Italian school population He was set to shrink one million over the next 10 years.
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