Pope Francis has made headlines globally by hitting out at couples who choose to have pets instead of children, labelling them "selfish."
Speaking to a general audience at The Vatican on Wednesday, the Pontiff declared that the decision to forgo parenthood leads to a loss of "humanity" and is a detriment to civilisation.
And this denial of fatherhood or motherhood diminishes us, it takes away our humanity. And in this way civilization becomes aged and without humanity, because it loses the richness of fatherhood and motherhood. And our homeland suffers, as it does not have children.