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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

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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Romney proposed a monthly benefit to families. Could it reverse falling birth rate?

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would provide a monthly cash benefit to parents.   Read more

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Why birth rates fell more sharply during COVID

Recently-published data suggest that the birth rate in the U.S. declined considerably from 2019 to 2020, refuting hopes of a... 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

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'If we give up our Christianity, we lose our identity,' says Hungarian minister

Hungary is promoting pro-family policies because its Christian identity is at stake, the country’s family minister told CNA in an... Read more

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Hungary's incentives mean more marriages but not more babies

The country’s birth rate remains well below the replacement level of 2.1 births per woman, and the rate has not... 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