Pope Francis Urges Italians to End the ‘Demographic Winter’ by Having Kids


ROME — Pope Francis urged Italians to halt the nation’s “demographic winter” by having more children, in an appeal for Italy’s Day for Life Sunday.

“Today the Day for Life is celebrated in Italy with the theme of ‘Freedom and life,’” the pope said following his weekly Angelus prayer on Sunday. “I join the Italian Bishops in remembering that freedom is the great gift that God has given us to seek and achieve our own good and that of others, starting with the primary good of life.”

“Our society must be helped to heal from all attacks on life, so that life is defended at every stage,” Francis continued, in veiled reference to abortion and euthanasia, two subjects he returns to often.

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