Days after ‘rabbits’ remark, Pope Francis praises big families

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(RNS) Pope Francis on Wednesday (January 21) praised big families for “welcoming children as a true gift of God,” just days after igniting a controversy by saying Catholic parents need not reproduce “like rabbits.”

Large families have historically been considered a positive among the church’s faithful. Last week Francis made global news by citing a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children.


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