Church in Korea Steps Up Aid to Working Parents

SEOUL, South Korea, JUNE 16, 2004 ( Catholic education, child care, and assistance to working parents are the key points of a project announced by the Korean bishops’ conference.

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The episcopal council of the Seoul Archdiocese decided to support some part of the cost of child-care facilities established in parishes, in order to offer a Christian education in childhood and to help working couples with their parenting.

“If the Church wants to encourage parents to give birth to more children, it should first take care of the realistic difficulties they face in bringing up children,” AsiaNews reported.

According to the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, South Korea has the lowest birthrate in the world. The average woman has 1.17 children, far below the replacement rate of 2.3.

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