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Go siLENT with Million Minutes
Go siLENT with Million Minutes

There's only a week until the start of Lent. If you're looking for a way to mark Lent, either yourself or with young people you work with, it's not too late to get involved with siLENT. You can take part at any time before Easter Sunday. 'There is so much noise in the world! May we learn to be silent in our hearts and before God.' Pope Francis...siLENT is a simple idea. Instead of cutting out sugar, or giving up chocolate, we join together to use Lent to find silence - and at the same time we speak up for young people.

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Signpost weekend for young adults
Signpost weekend for young adults

Are you undecided about what subjects to study or what career path to choose? How you want to live? Then a Signpost weekend might be a useful step. Signposts is running a weekend course in making good life choices on April 22nd - 23rd 2017, at Savio House in Cheshire in the foothills of the Peak District. This is skills based training in discernment that makes no assumptions about the participants with regard to faith. The weekend will offer a model of making decisions and leave participants with a tool kit for choice based on the broad spiritual and psychological wisdom of

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FLAME Congress to ask: What do young people want of the Church?
FLAME Congress to ask: What do young people want of the Church?

Pope Francis put young people centre-stage when he began 2017 with a letter asking them what they wanted of the Church. It is a question which will undoubtedly spark a lot of discussion, and what better place to start than the CYMFed Flame Congress, being held on March 11th 2017 at the SSE Arena, Wembley. Flame is a vibrant occasion during which a young Church gathers to engage with the big questions they face today. An App will be launched at the Congress to begin to gather views - and with well over 8,000 young people in the Arena,

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YCW begin 80th anniversary celebrations
YCW begin 80th anniversary celebrations

The Young Christian Workers (YCW) launched their celebration of 80 years in England and Wales on the Feast of St John Bosco, the Patron Saint of Young People . Currently, the YCW has hundreds of members across the country, working in parishes, schools, and workplaces to enable young people to develop critical awareness, actively engaged faith and social responsibility. The YCW was originally founded in Belgium in 1925 by Fr Joseph Cardijn, who was later to be made a Cardinal for his work with the movement. The first YCW group was founded

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Birmingham:  Christian students discuss End Hunger Campaign with Gisela Stuart MP
Birmingham: Christian students discuss End Hunger Campaign with Gisela Stuart MP

Students from the University of Birmingham's Catholic and Methodist societies have met with Gisela Stuart, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, to discuss the End Hunger UK campaign. They discussed the nature and causes of food poverty, the role of the political system, and the part played by ordinary citizens in bringing about change. The group also presented a collection of paper plates to Ms Stuart, with suggestions from members of the societies about how to tackle food poverty. One of the key issues that emerged from the discussion was how citizens and politicians could work

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Westminster: Vacancy for J&P Youth Worker
Westminster: Vacancy for J&P Youth Worker

Westminster Justice and Peace Commission is seeking a Youth Worker to promote peace and social justice concerns in schools and parishes across the diocese. Energy and enthusiasm to encourage young people to make a difference in the world around them is key. Closing date February 21st 2017. Reporting to the Justice and Peace Fieldworker, and based at their office in Tottenham the post-holder will:

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Become a climate champion with CAFOD
Become a climate champion with CAFOD

CAFOD is looking for up to six volunteers, aged 18-40, to become climate champions. As a CAFOD climate champion, you will take part a three-day international workshop on sustainable living with other Catholic young people from across Europe during summer 2017. There are two possible workshops - Portugal (9-13 May 2017) and Belgium (1-5 July). On your return, you will be supported to raise awareness about climate change, sustainable living and CAFOD campaigns in your parish or other local community.

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London: Farewell not goodbye, celebration for Anne Marie Salgo
London: Farewell not goodbye, celebration for Anne Marie Salgo

A celebration took place last night at the church of Notre Dame de France by Leicester Square for Anne Marie Salgo, who is moving on after ten years working as coordinator of evangelisation ministries in the West End. Together with Gabriel Sedda, Anne Marie led the singing at Mass and the prayer service afterwards - which was followed by a crowded reception in the parish house. A native of Hungary, where she studied theology, mental health and social work and completed a course at the School of Evangelisation, more recently Anne Marie studied the psychology of religion at Heythrop

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   Catholic twins embark on charity projects in Africa and Asia
Catholic twins embark on charity projects in Africa and Asia

Twin sisters from Herefordshire are setting off for Africa and Asia this month as part of an ambitious charity project. The pair are participating in CAFOD;s Step into the Gap scheme, which enables young people to spend a year volunteering in the UK and visiting CAFOD partners overseas. Charlotte Bray will be heading to Cambodia and her identical sister Sophie will travel to Ethiopia to meet some of the local organisations CAFOD works with to deliver development, conservation and education projects.

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Norwich: Light-filled youth celebration of Epiphany
Norwich: Light-filled youth celebration of Epiphany

There was a light-filled celebration of Epiphany near Norwich on Sunday evening (January 8) when a record 200 young people and their families from across the Diocese of East Anglia enjoyed a candlelit Mass, bonfire, hot dogs and a firework display. The now annual Epiphany Youth Mass, took place at the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland near Norwich, organised by the Ignite team and Director of Youth Services Hamish MacQueen with attendees from as far afield as Peterborough, Cambridge, Clare, Walsingham, Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Felixstowe.

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Booking now: International Taizé Weekend in Birmingham
Booking now: International Taizé Weekend in Birmingham

Hundreds of young adults (16-35) from across Europe will be travelling to Birmingham in the spring - to take part in a gathering led by the Taizé Community from Friday 28th April - Monday 1st May 2017. The weekend will explore the theme of Hidden Treasure: The small and often hidden ways in which Christians are nourishing their faith through prayer, and acts of solidarity with those in most need. In the wake of a number of international events which have brought to light divisions in our societies, the weekend will celebrate the beauty of the commitment lived out by

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Pope Francis sends message to Taizé gathering in Riga
Pope Francis sends message to Taizé gathering in Riga

Coming from every part of Europe, and from a number of other continents, several thousand of you have gathered in Riga, Latvia, for the 39th meeting organized and led by the Taizé Community. With the theme of bearing witness to hope that will be at the heart of your reflection and prayers, Pope Francis is particularly close to you because he has often called you to not let anyone rob you of your hope. During the WYD prayer vigil in Kraków he strongly emphasized this essential reality of the Christian faith:

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Find your inner satnav for 2017
Find your inner satnav for 2017

A discernment weekend will take at Savio House in Cheshire in the foothills of the Peak District from January 21st-22nd. This is not counselling or careers advice but skills training in discernment. The weekend is a place where you can learn the skills to recognise the difference between support and the well-intentioned pressure that friends and family can bring to bear on your choices. There are many young adults who realise in their late twenties that the agenda for their life has been set by others and have to re-focus their lives.

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Young Peace Journalists - Giving a voice to people seeking refuge
Young Peace Journalists - Giving a voice to people seeking refuge

Pax Christi International recently convened a team of 10 young people from all over the world, to train to become peace journalists and report about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers. The training and discussions took place exclusively online. Following their training, each team member interviewed a person in their hometown or area who had to flee their home country. Over the past few weeks through a series of webinars and exchange sessions, Pax Christi International equipped the group with the skills and knowledge to conduct interviews.

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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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