NEW DELHI (AP) — Worried about its dwindling numbers, the Roman
Catholic church in southern India is exhorting its flock to have more
children, with some parishes offering free schooling, medical care and
even cash bonuses for large families, church officials said Tuesday.
strategy comes as India's population tops 1.2 billion, making it the
second most populous country in the world after China, and runs counter
to a national government policy of limiting family size.
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