Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Saturday decried low birth rates in Europe and urged more help for young people preparing their future path in society.
“A Europe that rediscovers itself as a community will surely be a source of development for herself and for the whole world,” the pope told (Re)Thinking Europe – a project sponsored by the European bishops’ conference (COMECE).
Europe is suffering, the pontiff said, from “a period of dramatic sterility. Not only because Europe has fewer children, and all too many were denied the right to be born, but also because there has been a failure to pass on the material and cultural tools that young people need to face the future.”
The Argentinian pontiff described the European Union as a tired “grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant,” in a 2014 address to the European Parliament.
On Saturday, he said he found Europe to be “increasingly distinguished by …
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