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

Pope Francis expresses concern about Italy’s low birth rate

Dec 11, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

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

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‘Social emergency’ of low fertility may be driven partly by pesticides, study shows

Dec 7, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Plunging fertility rates, due to multiple factors, present profound challenges for couples today, and the future does not look bright.  Read more

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Data show Americans want larger families even as fertility rates remain at historic lows

Sep 30, 2023

By Daniel Payne

A recent Gallup study shows an increase in the number of Americans who believe that the ideal family size is... Read more

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Vatican supports Catholic research to improve families and marriages

May 31, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

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.

Pope Francis calls abortion ‘senseless’ and criticizes gender theory in Budapest speech

Apr 28, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

The pope said abortion is “always a tragic defeat” in an address to Hungarian authorities. Read more

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

Pope Francis asks businesses to support working women: They’re ‘afraid to get pregnant’

Sep 12, 2022

By Katie Yoder

He sounded the alarm on low birth rates and encouraged companies to support pregnant employees. Read more

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

Pope Francis: Low birth rate is a ‘social emergency’

May 12, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

'Demographic earthquake'? U.S. fertility rates fall again to record-low levels

May 5, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. fertility rate fell by 4% last year to its lowest recorded level, new federal data published on Wednesday... Read more

Image of a child's car seat.

Could car seat laws really be lowering birthrates?

Oct 3, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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