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Vatican says don't dictate size of family

The world's population policies should encourage married couples to exercise "a responsible kind of personal liberty" when they decide to become parents, according to a Vatican statement delivered to the UN General Assembly in New York.

"The duty to safeguard the family demands that special attention be given to securing for husband and wife the liberty to decide responsibly, free from all social or legal coercion, the number of children they will have and the spacing of their births," it said.

Monsignor Reuben Dimaculangan, first counsellor of the Vatican's UN mission, delivered the statement last Thursday to a session of the General Assembly that was reviewing the 1994 UN conference on population and development in Cairo, in connection with the 10th anniversary of the meeting. The priest was acting on behalf of the nuncio, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, who was out of town.

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Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations

20 Oct 2004