Benedict laments "child-poor" Europe

Pope Benedict has called on Europeans to have more children.

On pilgrimage to Austria at the weekend, he said the continent has become "child-poor".

Agence France Press reports that he told the faithful at an open air Mass: "We want everything for ourselves and place little trust in the future."

The Holy Father also warned that science must be used for good, or humankind will destroy itself.

He said: "If man cannot "distinguish between good and evil ... then the great and wonderful discoveries of science become double-edged."

The Mass was celebrated in the rain at the Mariazell pilgrimage site.

Earlier he had declared that the Church wants to show "repentance" for the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis.

Commentators said that use of such a significant word showed he agreed that the Church must accept the Christian roots of anti-Semitism.

Pope blasts Europeans for not having enough children (Agence France Presse, 8/9/07)

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10 Sep 2007