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  • Updated: May 12, 2023

Pope Francis Highlights Challenges Of Starting A Family In Italy

Pope Francis has revealed the challenges facing Italian families, stating that the rising cost of living is making it increasingly difficult for young people to start families.

Speaking at a conference on the demographic crisis, the Pope criticized the “savage” free-market conditions that are preventing many young Italians from having children.

Birth rates in Italy have fallen below 400,000 for the first time, marking a 14-year decline.

The Pope attributed this trend to the lack of hope for the future among younger generations, who are struggling with a sense of uncertainty, fragility, and precariousness.

According to Pope Francis, the high cost of living in Italy is one of the major barriers to starting a family.

With prohibitively expensive houses, sky-high rents, and insufficient wages, many young people are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

This has led to a situation where some families are choosing to have pets instead of children.

While acknowledging that there are almost insurmountable constraints on young women who are forced to choose between their careers and motherhood, the Pope argued that the rising cost of living is forcing people to revise their priorities.

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