I came across Frank Rega’s blog where he contrasts Saint Padre Pio’s advice of the number of children a family should have with Pope Francis’ recent advice (?) to follow the “experts” rule of three and not to tempt God by having too many and foolishly trusting in His providence. Frank Rega is a good source for Padre Pio information, among other things related to the Faith.
From The Shield of Faith blog:
Padre Pio: 8 children ideal; Pope Francis: Irresponsible!Padre Pio’s blessing on newlyweds: “May you have eight children!”
Pope Francis: “. . . like rabbits. No. Responsible parenthood!”“After the death of his wife, Padre Pio’s brother Michele moved to San Giovanni with his daughter Pia, who, in a ceremony attended by many American servicemen, was married in May 1945, with her uncle [St. Pio] officiating, to Mario Pennelli, a teacher. Pia and Mario were to raise a family of eight children, which Padre Pio considered the ideal size for a family. A spiritual son recalled that Pio usually told newlywed couples, “May you have eight children!”
Source: Rev Bernard Ruffin, Padre Pio: The True Story, Our Sunday Visitor Press, p. 270.