Pope Francis said today that "not seeing the problem of childlessness is a myopic attitude" and asked that they be carried out, at all levels, "concrete policies to relaunch the birth rate".

Francis made this reflection in a message sent to the States General of Natality, an event held in Rome and to which Francis was unable to attend due to his knee problemwhich prevents you from walking.

The pope said there is "an existential periphery in the West that is not immediately noticeable and is that of women and men who have the desire to have a child, but cannot do so".

"Many young people struggle to realize their family dream. And so they lower the bar of desire and settle for mediocre substitutes, such as business, the car, travel, the jealous custody of free time… The beauty of a family rich in children runs the risk of becoming a utopia, a difficult dream to realize"stressed the Argentine pontiff.

Francis said what "scares" is "new poverty" of those who "discard the desire for happiness in their hearts, of those who are resigned to diluting their greatest aspirations, of those who are content with little and stop hoping for more".

"Yes, it is a tragic poverty, because it strikes humans in their greatest wealth: giving birth to lives to take care of them, passing on to others with love the existence received"he added.

criticized that "not seeing the problem of childlessness is a myopic attitude"then "is to turn our backs, thinking that problems are always too complex and that Nothing can be done".

Given the figures of lower birth rate than in the West "get inexorably worse from year to year"Francisco encouraged to change things "without fear, beyond partisan interests and ideological proclamations".

"That is why I hope that at all levels – institutional, media, cultural, economic and social – promote, improve and apply specific policies aimed at relaunching the birth rate and the family. Companies, banks, associations, unions, athletes, actors, writers, politicians, all together to reflect on how to start looking forward to life again"he highlighted.

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