Below are some words by the Vatican on the 7 billionth baby, by Fr. Frederico Lombardi. The full article by CNA can be seen here. There is also a discussion of what this means for the population controversy here. Below an excellent illustration by NPR, who I never thought I could publish on this issue, but it is illustrative and balanced.
In his words to “baby number seven billion,” Fr. Lombardi dismissed concerns about overpopulation. “I don’t know whether people will say there are too many or too few of you and your contemporaries. Today, I don’t care about that.” Fr. Lombardi told the landmark baby that the world he or she is coming into “is a bit complicated and it’s not friendly for everyone.”
“We haven’t done a very good job preparing it for you,” he admitted.He noted that the G20 Summit of the world’s wealthiest nations had just concluded its two-day meeting in the French city of Cannes. “The leaders of the richest and most powerful nations are sitting around a table, struggling to find a way forward. We too are asking ourselves about your future. ”His overall message to the baby, however, was a personalized and emotional one. He told the baby that he or she is “unique and special, that you are a wonderful gift, that you are a miracle, that your spirit will live forever, and so you are welcome.”
“We hope that when you smile someone will respond to your smile, and when you cry someone will caress you. We hope you can go to school and that you won’t go hungry. We hope that someone will answer your questions wisely and encourage you as you find your place in the world.”