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Pope Francis poses with a woman and three children during a lunch in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall for over 1,000 poor and economically disadvantaged people on Nov. 19, 2023.

Pope Francis to the world’s children: ‘If we really want to be happy, we need to pray’

Mar 2, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope asked children to pray the Lord’s Prayer “every morning and every evening, in your families too, together with... Read more


Raising Catholic kids: New study suggests what successful parents have in common

Feb 7, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

A new study aims to demonstrate the practices of parents who successfully raise children to be practicing Catholic adults. Read more

Pope Francis baptizes babies in the Sistine Chapel on Jan. 7, 2024.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis baptizes 16 babies in the Sistine Chapel

Jan 7, 2024

By Courtney Mares

On the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the pope baptized 16 babies and presided over Mass beneath Michelangelo’s... Read more


Christmas 2023: A Catholic gift guide for the little ones on your shopping list

Dec 9, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

These seven small Catholic shops offer great Christmas gifts for the children in your life. Read more

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace as he gives his Angelus address for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.

Pope Francis announces Catholic Church’s first World Day of Children

Dec 8, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The event was inspired by a 9-year-old boy named Alessandro, who proposed the idea to the pope to have an... Read more

Pope Francis meets on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann.

This is Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December

Dec 1, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for people with disabilities. Read more

Children participate in the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” campaign in the Archdiocese of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, on Oct. 18, 2023.

‘One Million Children Praying the Rosary’ surpasses 1 million participants for first time

Nov 2, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

The children's rosary initiative began in Caracas, Venezuela, in 2005. Read more

Five children representing five continents speak with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on Oct. 1, 2023. The pope will hold a meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6, 2023.

Pope Francis to hold meeting with children at the Vatican on Nov. 6

Oct 1, 2023

By Rachel Thomas

The theme of the event in the Paul VI Audience Hall will be “Let us learn from boys and girls.”  Read more

Mary Stegmueller and country singer Luke Bryan backstage before his concert at Ball Arena in Denver on July 29, 2023.

7-year-old girl with cancer supported by her Catholic community meets her musical idol

Aug 8, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Mary Stegmueller has already outlived her prognosis and recently made one of her biggest dreams come true thanks to ongoing... Read more

Young boy reads from Renewed book series by Ascension Press

This Catholic group supports church leaders, parents to catechize children with disabilities

May 20, 2023

By Zoe Romanowsky

As autism rates continue to increase, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability seeks to support Catholic leaders, catechists, publishers, and... Read more

"Transformers: Earthspark" Red Carpet Premiere & Reception at Paramount Studios, Sherry Lansing Theatre on Nov. 5, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Nonbinary characters in kids’ Transformers show raise concern, backlash

May 17, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

“Transformers: EarthSpark” launched in November as part of a growing trend that adds transgender or nonbinary characters to children’s television... Read more

Mattel's newest Barbie doll

Newest Barbie doll is ‘monumental,’ Down syndrome advocate says

May 14, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Children with Down syndrome will now see themselves reflected in Mattel’s newest Barbie doll. Read more

Teddy Howell, a Michigan third grader, dressed as a priest.

Young podcaster emulates media priest Father Mike Schmitz with ‘Kid’s Bible in a Year’

May 6, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Teddy Howell, 9, is the creator of a new podcast, launched March 12, that helps kids encounter the Lord in... Read more

Children (file photo)

Why Pope Francis’ November prayer intention is for children who suffer

Oct 31, 2022

By AC Wimmer

“There are still millions of boys and girls who suffer and live in conditions very similar to slavery,” the pontiff... Read more

Danny and Leila Abdallah with children Liana, Alex, Michael, and Selina spoke to CNA at the Vatican on June 23, 2022.

Marriage after tragedy: The key is forgiveness, couple says

Jul 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Forgiveness allowed my marriage to survive,” Leila Abdallah said 28 months after three of her and husband Danny’s six children... Read more


'One million children praying the rosary': Kids join rosary initiative inspired by St. Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Arché Foundation at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: Foundation helping mothers and children is ‘a sign of hope’

Sep 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Arché Foundation is opening a new house in Rome. Read more

Pope Francis greets a child at a general audience at the Vatican, April 20, 2016.

Pope Francis on adoption: ‘Every child that arrives is God’s gift’

Aug 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

‘Every baby, in every case, and in whatever situation is to be welcomed,’ the pope says in a new video. Read more

Syrian refugee.

Catholic campaign to aid Syrian children who ‘have known nothing but war’

Mar 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war, the Catholic charity Caritas has launched a campaign... Read more

Alphabet saint book aims to introduce kids to heavenly friends

Dec 17, 2020

By CNA Staff

A new book for young children aims to both teach kids the alphabet and introduce them to new heavenly friends... Read more