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diorio
Nov 14, 2002, 03:23 PM
Due to Italy's declining birth rate, the pope has asked Italians to have more children. He also is asking for lesser sentences for prisoners. Here is the link Pope (http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/11/14/pope.speech/index.html)

Hemingray
Nov 14, 2002, 04:25 PM
Well since Catholics don't believe in using birth control in the first place... um... and Italians are already pretty well known for their, uh... "activities"... how's this gonna help? :eek:

mymemory
Nov 14, 2002, 04:38 PM
I'm pretty horny most of the time, may be the intalian catholic church can facilitate me a visa:D

Mr. Anderson
Nov 14, 2002, 04:40 PM
Regardless of previous reputations, I find this amazing -

'The Polish-born pope called Italy's declining birth rate, one of the lowest in the world, "another grave threat that bears upon the future of this country, one which is already conditioning its life and its capacity for development." '

Any Italian members care to comment here? How is it possible that Italy has such a low birthrate?

after a google search got this (get all the data here (http://blue.census.gov/cgi-bin/ipc/idbsum?cty=IT) )

Year Population Period Rate

1995 57,275 1950-1960 0.6
1996 57,367 1960-1970 0.7
1997 57,479 1970-1980 0.5
1998 57,550 1980-1990 0.1
1999 57,604 1990-2000 0.2
2000 57,719 2000-2010 0.1
2001 57,845 2010-2020 -0.2
2002 57,927 2020-2030 -0.3
2003 57,998 2030-2040 -0.4
2004 58,057
2010 58,091
2050 50,390 2040-2050 -0.5


Very strange indeed.....

D

diorio
Nov 15, 2002, 03:17 PM
It's probably due to the fact that Italy's population is getting older and therefore having less children. You would think that with the mostly Catholic population and views on birth control the pope would have to be saying, "okay, you italians need to get a night job" strange indeed.