Birth rates

Pope Francis meets with the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace on Dec. 11, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses Concern about Italy’s Low Birth Rate

Dec 11, 2023

Pope Francis on Monday received the prefects of the Italian Republic in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace.

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Vatican Supports Catholic Research to Improve Families and Marriages

May 31, 2023

Pope Francis has backed a project aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary research at Catholic universities in the sphere of family, marriage, and childbearing.

Pope Francis addresses civil authorities and other dignitaries at a former a Carmelite monastery in Budapest, Hungary, on April 28, 2023, on the first day of his three-day pilgrimage to the country. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Calls Abortion "senseless" and Criticizes Gender Theory in Hungary Speech

Apr 28, 2023

Pope Francis spoke out strongly against abortion and gender ideology Friday, citing both as examples of “ideological colonization” during a speech in Budapest.

Pope Francis addressed a group of Italian entrepreneurs Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, about the need to support working mothers. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Businesses to Support Working Women: They’re ‘afraid to get pregnant’

Sep 12, 2022

Pope Francis is stressing the importance of accommodating pregnant women as employees — and calling on the business world to find a solution. 

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on May 11, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Decries Low Birth Rate in the West, Says “impoverishing everyone’s future”

May 14, 2022

‘Italy, Europe, and the West are impoverishing their futures,’ the pope said.