Pope: Have Children, Not Cats or Dogs

    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 11:  Dogs run around St Peter's Square on March 11, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Cardinals are set to enter the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he became the first pope in 600 years to resign from the role. The conclave is scheduled to start on March 12 inside the Sistine Chapel and will be attended by 115 cardinals as they vote to select the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    Dan Kitwood

    Hey cat ladies and dog lovers—the pope wants you to have children. At a Vatican Mass on Monday, Pope Francis warned a group of 15 married couples not to substitute pets for having kids, which will, he said, lead to "old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness." Last week, Italy announced a record low birthrate for 2013, dropping 64,000 over the past five years. "You can go explore the world, go on holiday, you can have a villa in the countryside, you can be carefree," he said. "It might be better—more comfortable—to have a dog, two cats, and the love goes to the two cats and the dog. Is this true or not? Have you seen it?"

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