“Today we see a form of selfishness. We see that some do not want to have children. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but instead they have dogs and cats that occupy that place”
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Pope francis praised parenting and adoption during the general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican and regretted that pets sometimes take the place of children.
“Today we see a form of selfishness. We see that some do not want to have children. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but instead they have dogs and cats that occupy that place “, stressed the pope during the first general audience of the year in the Paul VI room.
The pontiff also exhorted the institutions to facilitate adoption processes, so that the dream of children who need a family and couples who want to foster them come true.
“The denial of paternity and maternity diminishes us, takes away humanity, civilization grows older “, He said.
The pope once again criticized the so-called “demographic winter” and the “dramatic decline in the birth rate” that occurs in many western and foreign countries. urged to have children or adopt them.
“I ask Saint Joseph to move consciences to have children” who are “the fullness of a person’s life,” he said before assuring that “having a child is always a risk, whether natural or adopted. But it is riskier not to have it. It is more risky to deny paternity, to deny motherhood, be it real or spiritual, “the pontiff stressed.
In that sense, he referred to adoption, whose “bond is not secondary” but rather “this type of choice is among the highest forms of love and paternity and maternity. How many children in the world expect someone to take care of them! And how many spouses want to be fathers and mothers. “
At the end of the audience, as usual, the pope attended several numbers prepared by a circus with clowns, jugglers, dancers and musicians, in a festive atmosphere that contrasted with the solemn Vatican stage.