Report: Pope: Europe ‘losing faith in its own future’
From International Herad Tribune:
Europe appears to be losing faith in its future, Pope Benedict XVI said, citing the continent’s demographic trends, which include dramatically low fertility rates and declining and graying populations.
“One must unfortunately note that Europe seems to be going down a road which could lead it to take its leave from history,” the pontiff told bishops in Rome for ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, a major step toward the creation of today’s European Union.
Benedict said he was concerned about Europe’s “demographic profile” — though he did not describe the trends which have been alarming demographers for decades.
In countries like Italy, where many married couples have one or no children, the population is expected to shrink dramatically in a generation or two unless fertility rates increase quickly.
Benedict expressed concern that Europe’s population trends, “besides putting economic growth at risk, can also cause enormous difficulties for social cohesion, and, above all, favor dangerous individualism, careless about the consequences for the future.”
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