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 Faith in Politics Internship Scheme
Faith in Politics Internship Scheme

The Faith in Politics Internship Scheme is recruiting now. The Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internship Scheme, which began in 2003, provides up to eight recently graduated Catholics with intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. Four interns will be placed with Christian MPs at Westminster, one in a parliamentary support role within the Secretariat, two in public policy and social action with CAFOD and CSAN, and one in a media internship with the Catholic Communications Network

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Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced
Themes for upcoming World Youth Days announced

The Dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life has announced the themes for the next three World Youth Days (WYD). The themes were chosen by Pope Francis "for the three-year World Youth Day journey that will culminate at the international celebration of the event to be held in Panama in 2019." World Youth Day is celebrated at the diocesan level each year on Palm Sunday, with an international gathering every two to three years. The most recent international Day was celebrated in August, 2016, in Krakow, Poland.

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Open Day at Sisters of St Mary in Harrow
Open Day at Sisters of St Mary in Harrow

Are you looking for a supportive religious community where you can: • Develop your faith • Find time to pray • Explore mission opportunities
• Discover where God may be leading you • Journey with a religious community which fits with your work/life commitments

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Westminster: Year of Mercy closes with Way of the Cross
Westminster: Year of Mercy closes with Way of the Cross

To mark the end of the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Westminster, young people were invited to come to Westminster Cathedral and pray the Way of the Cross. Hundreds of people gathered together, to pray the Stations with a focus on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that have been a continuous thread through this Holy Year. A re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross was presented by RISE Theatre and young parishioners from St Patrick's, Wapping, the parish of Youth Chaplain Fr David Reilly. Narrating the scenes were WYD pilgrims, with music led by Edwin Fawcett.

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Million Minutes team seeks Youth Worker
Million Minutes team seeks Youth Worker

The Million Minutes' team
 is seeking a highly motivated, passionate youth worker with an understanding and experience of working in a Catholic setting. Based in north London. This is a chance to be part of a pioneering project supporting parishes and volunteers to work with young people at risk of exclusion. Is it the opportunity you - or someone you know - would relish? Courtyard is a fresh model for local Catholic youth work, equipping parishes to reach young people 'on the edge' and at risk of social exclusion

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Washington DC: Jesuit 'teach-in' attracts nearly 2,000 young people
Washington DC: Jesuit 'teach-in' attracts nearly 2,000 young people

Around 2,000 young Catholics attended the weekend's nineteenth annual 'Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice' in Washington DC. They gathered on 12 November from Jesuit high schools, colleges and parishes across the United States. There was interest in the various internship schemes on offer, including programmes with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach and Sojourners. Stalls providing information, badges, pens and t-shirts were provided by Jesuit initiatives - Ignatian Solidarity Network, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, America Magazine and guest stalls run by such groups as

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Million Minutes seeks new trustees
Million Minutes seeks new trustees

Are you looking for your first experience of being a trustee in a young, dynamic organisation where your creativity and energy will immediately make an impact? Or do you want to provide a guiding hand of experience and leverage support for a charity that already achieves far beyond its resources? Million Minutes exists to transform young lives. Inspired by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching we develop new and innovative projects that help empower young people to be the means of change in their lives and the world.

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Young leaders to tackle Brexit and Trump at Interfaith Week Summit
Young leaders to tackle Brexit and Trump at Interfaith Week Summit

On Thursday 17 November, the second annual Interfaith Summit will be taking place at SPACE Studios in London. The summit will see young leaders of different faiths and beliefs come together to discuss and act on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Sessions will be held on post-Brexit community relations, responses to the refugee crisis, and mental health, identity and discrimination - involving leading NGOs, academics and change-makers. Coinciding with National Interfaith Week, the Interfaith Summit is an interactive, youth-led space for people of all faiths and beliefs to connect, explore, and act, together.

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  Catholic graduate meets Pope Francis at Vatican-UN event
Catholic graduate meets Pope Francis at Vatican-UN event

A young Catholic has met Pope Francis after being selected to travel to a prestigious conference in Rome. Eleanor Margetts, 24, travelled to the Vatican on Sunday 30 October to take part in a conference for young people looking at practical solutions to sustainable development. The Swansea Development and Human Rights graduate met with the Pope during the event. Eleanor, from Bridgend, had previously visited development projects on her gap year as part of CAFOD's 'Step into the Gap' programme.

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 Young leaders to discuss  Brexit & refugee crisis at Interfaith Week Summit
Young leaders to discuss Brexit & refugee crisis at Interfaith Week Summit

On Thursday 17 November, the second annual Interfaith Summit will be taking place at SPACE Studios in London. The summit will see young leaders of different faiths and beliefs come together to discuss and act on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Sessions will be held on post-Brexit community relations, responses to the refugee crisis, and mental health, identity and discrimination - involving leading NGOs, academics and change-makers. Coinciding with National Interfaith Week, the Interfaith Summit is an interactive, youth-led space for people of all

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Young CAFOD volunteers travel to Lebanon to meet refugees
Young CAFOD volunteers travel to Lebanon to meet refugees

Two young volunteers from Newcastle and Sheffield have travelled with CAFOD to meet refugees in Lebanon. Leah Fox, 19, and Ryan Wilkinson, 18, travelled over 3,000 miles in October to meet the charity's partners in Lebanon. The volunteers met refugees who have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict in Syria, Iraq and Palestine. Leah spent a year volunteering with the Youth Ministry Team in Hexham and Newcastle; she is now studying for a Primary Education degree. Ryan has spent the past two years taking part in CAFOD's young leadership development scheme with

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Open Day at Sisters of St Mary in Harrow
Open Day at Sisters of St Mary in Harrow

Are you looking for a supportive religious community where you can: • Develop your faith • Find time to pray • Explore mission opportunities
• Discover where God may be leading you • Journey with a religious community which fits with your work/life commitments

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Newman House Chaplaincy - 50th Anniversary Lectures
Newman House Chaplaincy - 50th Anniversary Lectures

This academic year (2016-17) we celebrate 50 years since the Catholic Chaplaincy moved from St Patrick's Soho Square to its present location at Newman House on Gower Street. It is a time to thank God for the work of university chaplaincy and to ensure that the work can continue and develop further over the next 50 years. The celebration includes a series of public lectures - the first is this Monday - and a special anniversary weekend. All are welcome.

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Pope Francis: 'invest in the future by giving formation to young people'
Pope Francis: 'invest in the future by giving formation to young people'

Pope Francis stressed the importance of promoting and supporting young people in his address to members of the John Paul II Foundation celebrating its 35th anniversary. "Providing formation for young people is an investment for the future: young people must never be robbed of their hope for tomorrow" he said. Pope Francis said the anniversary was a good moment to look back and draw up a balance of the work done in the past years, but also a time to look to the future with new goals and objectives.

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Freshers' Prayer from Student Christian Movement & diary dates
Freshers' Prayer from Student Christian Movement & diary dates

As Fresher's Week is about to begin in universities and colleges around the UK, the Student Christian Movement (SCM) has published a prayer for all new students, and a list of some of the events they are planning over the next few months. These include a conversation between the Archbishop of Canterbury and Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace prize winner; a ceilidh, a speaker from Pax Christi and a talk by Timothy Radcliffe.

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Students celebrate a decade of interfaith leadership programme
Students celebrate a decade of interfaith leadership programme

Fifty emerging leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds are coming together this month to make a positive impact on their communities nationwide. On the 10th year of 3FF's ParliaMentors leadership programme, the students will work collectively to create and inspire change in their university cities, while being supported by MPs. Faced with a growing negativity in the media when it comes to issues of faith and politics, these university students are instead putting their faith in politics and being the change they wish to

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London: New programme for young adults at Farm Street
London: New programme for young adults at Farm Street

With the launch of the new academic year a new and exciting young adult programme is starting up at Farm Street Church in Mayfair, central London. Activities form an intrinsic part of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre but events are specifically for those aged 18-35. There will be a Welcome Afternoon Tea on Sunday 18 September 2016 from 3.30-5pm. There is now a weekly Mass in Farm Street Church, which begins at 7pm. Each week incorporates a different Ignatian element such as the Examen,

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'The world needs the witness of your youth'- Bishop Davies at Walsingham Youth 2000 festival
'The world needs the witness of your youth'- Bishop Davies at Walsingham Youth 2000 festival

Holiness can be attained through simple Christian witness in everyday life, the Bishop of Shrewsbury has told members of Youth 2000. Preaching on the final day of an annual five-day prayer festival in Walsingham, the Rt Rev Mark Davies reminded participants that the "world needs the witness of your youth" and gave them advice on effective evangelisation. The Bishop said that genuine Christian witness did not entail "becoming weird or fanatical" but by "struggling in our own lives for holiness" and by trying to become the best Christians they can be in

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Pope Francis thanks Church in Poland for World Youth Day
Pope Francis thanks Church in Poland for World Youth Day

The Bishops Conference of Poland has released the text of a letter sent by Pope Francis to thank the country for the reception he received last month during World Youth Day. In the letter, Pope Francis told the Church in Poland he was "deeply moved by your strong faith and the unwavering hope that you have kept in spite of difficulties and tragedies, and by your fervent love, which animates your human and Christian pilgrimage."

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MAGIS and World Youth Day
MAGIS and World Youth Day

Manresa Amigos - Jesuit novices from the noviciate in Birmingham, which serves the provinces of Britain, Ireland, Flanders and the Netherlands, have a new post on their blog about their action-packed and breathtaking weeks on World Youth Day in Krakow and MAGIS - the Jesuits' week-long preparatory event for young people from across the world.

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Iraqi Christians participate in World Youth Day
Iraqi Christians participate in World Youth Day

More than 200 young Iraqi Christians, from all the dioceses of the country participated in World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow, Poland. They were accompanied by two Bishops, priests and a number of nuns. The group were very proactive in all the spiritual meetings, retreats and prayer events. They participated in other activities such as cultural shows, during which they introduce their group with folkloric dances and songs, some wore the traditional clothing from Iraq's Christian villages.

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Transcript: Pope Francis in-flight press conference after WYD Krakow
Transcript: Pope Francis in-flight press conference after WYD Krakow

....I like to speak with the youth, and I like to hear the youth. They always put me in difficulty. They tell me things that I haven't thought of, or that I've partly thought of. The restless youth, the creative youth, I like them! And thence I take that language. Many times I have to ask myself: what does this mean? And they explain what it means! They explain to me what it means...but I like to speak with them. They are our future, and we must have a dialogue.

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Text: Pope Francis thanks WYD volunteers
Text: Pope Francis thanks WYD volunteers

As World Youth Day 2016 drew to a close yesterday, Pope Francis greeted volunteers whose hard work made the event such a resounding success. "Before returning to Rome," he said, "I wanted to meet you and to thank each of you for your commitment, generosity and dedication in guiding, helping and serving the thousands of young pilgrims. Thank you too for your witness of faith that, together with that of so many young people from every part of the world, is a great sign of hope for the Church and the world."

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Text: Pope Francis at WYD Krakow 2016 final Mass
Text: Pope Francis at WYD Krakow 2016 final Mass

Around two million young people slept out under the stars at Campus Misericordiae outside Krakow on Saturday night. The next morning, Pope Francis, who had stayed in a centre nearby, celebrated the final Mass of World Youth Day. The theme of the Holy Father's reflection was how to overcome obstacles to building a real relationship with Jesus - whether they be obstacles that arise in one's own soul or obstacles one will inevitably encounter in the world and in society. The official English translation follows:

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Pope at WYD: 'We didn't come into this world to vegetate
Pope at WYD: 'We didn't come into this world to vegetate

More than two million young pilgrims gathered in the Campus Misericordiae in Poland to join Pope Francis for a prayer vigil on Saturday night. From early in the day, the young people caught buses and trams from central Krakow to bring them as close as possible to the huge sprawling campsite. From there, they walked a further four kilometres to get to these grounds in order to be with the Holy Father. Some carried tents. All were equipped with sleeping bags and mats for the overnight stay.

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