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Pope Francis attends the ‘General State of the Birth Rate’ event in Rome, May 14, 2021.

Pope Francis asks society which it values more: Children or money

The pope was speaking at “The General State of the Birth Rate” event in Rome. Read more

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‘We took the family for granted’: Leaders grapple with Italy’s accelerating birth crisis

Pope Francis will attend a May 14 event on the country’s demographic decline. Read more

Pope Francis baptizes a child in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis to open event on Italy’s demographic decline

The country’s birth rate has hit a historic low. Read more

Why 'disappointing' Census numbers are such a concern

New Census numbers show the U.S. had its slowest decade of population growth since the Great Depression - and experts... Read more

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As Italy hits record low births, is there a future for the family?

What is causing the 50 years of steady decline in births across Europe, and especially in Italy, and is there... Read more

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Could car seat laws really be lowering birthrates?

Could car seat mandates have caused a decline in births in the U.S. in recent decades? A recent working paper... Read more

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Coronavirus 'baby bust' could be worse than expected

Amid steady predictions of demographic decline, one economics professor has told CNA that a COVID-related “baby bust” could be worse... Read more

Italy predicts decline in births following coronavirus

According to Italy’s national statistics institute, the country is likely to see a significant decline in the number of babies... Read more

Ross Douthat on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, March 19, 2020.

Douthat: Decadent societies lack babies, and hope

Catholic author and commentator Ross Douthat said that a “decadent society” plays a role in declining birth rates, as cultures... Read more

Bishop warns of the 'desolate panorama' of Spain's birthrate

The Bishop of San Sebastián wrote Sunday of the problems facing Spain as its birthrate is well below replacement level,... Read more

CDC confirms US fertility rate fell to 'all-time low' in 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday that the US fertility rate continued to fall in 2018, to... Read more

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Lowest-ever fertility rates have complicated causes, no easy solutions, experts say

Fertility rates in the United States have fallen to an all-time low, according to provisional figures released by the Centers... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in Bulgaria May 5, 2019.

To invest in the future, invest in young people, Pope Francis says in Bulgaria

On the first day of a trip to Bulgaria, Pope Francis encouraged authorities to strengthen and grow their country by... Read more

World Youth Day in Krakow, July 2016.

Where 'no religion' is default, a look at Europe's young Catholic minority

Young Catholics in Europe live in a culture where religious affiliation, church attendance, and regular prayer are generally at low... Read more

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As demographics change, how will the US Church respond?

The rapidly changing realities of the Catholic Church in the U.S. bring a host of challenges and unknowns, but also... Read more