Noting that Papua New Guinea is the same size as Germany but has one tenth of its population, an official of the nation’s episcopal conference welcomed the country’s 3.1% annual population growth rate.
The Pacific nation “does not need to promote family planning or
practices such as contraception and abortion,” said Father Giorgio
Licini, secretary of the Commission for Social Communications, according
to a Fides report.
“With a population which is still limited and with considerable internal
resources, PNG can easily plan to become a country of 30-40 million
people by the end of the century, with a much stronger and diversified