Pope Francis on Wednesday described large families as a “gift from God”, just days after he said Catholics did not need to “breed like rabbits”.
In an apparent attempt to put the controversial comments he made on his way back from a visit to the Philippines into context, the Argentinian argued that the global economic system is the primary cause of poverty, rather than overpopulation.
“The meetings with families and young people in Manila were important moments during the visit to the Philippines,” Francis told a crowd of around 7,000 gathered in St Peter’s square for his weekly audience.
“Healthy families are essential to the life of society.
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