Days after ‘rabbits’ remark, pope praises big families

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Pope Francis waves to newlywed couples during his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on Wednesday (January 21, 2015). Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Note: This photo may only be used with RNS-POPE-FAMILIES, published on January 21, 2015

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(RNS) "It provides us with consolation and hope to see so many large families who welcome children as a gift from God," the pope said.