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India: parishes establish fund to promote large families

Catholic World News - September 05, 2011

In an effort to counter pressure from the state government to have smaller families, some parishes in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala--the center of Catholicism in the nation since its evangelization by St. Thomas the Apostle--are offering a $225 bonus to families that have a fifth child.

The state is predominantly Hindu; 25% of residents are Muslim, while 19% are Christian.

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