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Birth rates in many countries are falling to alarmingly low levels.
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Pondering questions about the future economic viability of their countries.
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The government is warning of considerable strains on pensions.
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Warned that having children is becoming more unaffordable for many couples.
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He lamented that starting a family in Italy is now a titanic effort.
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Pope Francis encouraged Italians to have more children even amid rising prices.
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He cautioned young couples for making selfish egotistical choices.
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Italy saw a record low number of births last year of 392,000.
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The Pope urged couples to have babies instead of pets.
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The BBC wrote that Italy is often dubbed the country of empty cribs.
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