Italian Catholic priest offers ‘baby bonus’ — with strings attached

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Pope John Paul II blesses baby Faustine Frichot during a special baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on January 13, 2002. Photo courtesy of REUTERS BOOKS Pope John Paul II Reaching Out Across Borders, REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-BABY-BONUS, originally transmitted on August 11, 2015.

Pope John Paul II blesses baby Faustine Frichot during a special baptism ceremony in the Sistine Chapel on January 13, 2002. Photo courtesy of REUTERS BOOKS Pope John Paul II Reaching Out Across Borders, REUTERS/Dylan Martinez *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-BABY-BONUS, originally transmitted on August 11, 2015.

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ROME (RNS) “Our parish wants to give concrete help in this moment of crisis for families that ... accept the gift of a child!” the priest said.