Youth & Young Adults

Ireland: Homily of Bishop Fintan Monahan at Roscrea youth Festival

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival took place over a long weekend at the Cistercian College in Mount Saint Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. More than 1,200 young people attended and this year’s festival theme is: ‘Come Closer, Hear My Word’.

In his wide-ranging homily during the Opening Mass on Thursday, Bishop Fintan Monahan quoted from a number of Catholic writers and theologians,...

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Ecumenical Taizé Community welcomes thousands of summer pilgrims

In the middle of the summer in Taizé, in the French region of Burgundy, the welcome never slackens on the hill. Between 2,500 and 4,000 visitors, mostly young people aged 15 to 25, follow in turns, arriving each Sunday and staying for a week. Since the beginning of 2017, participation in international meetings has increased and the most represented countries – not cou...

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New President of YCW in England and Wales

Kate Wilkinson

The Young Christian Workers (YCW) officially welcomed its new President, Kate Wilkinson, on Monday 24 July. This follows her unanimous election at the 78th National Council of the YCW held back in April 2017. The date also marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Fr Joseph Cardijn, who founded the YCW in Belgium in 1925 and was later to be made a Cardinal for his work with the movement.


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Youth 2000

Youth 2000, the UK’s biggest Catholic youth festival, takes place from Thursday 24th - Monday 28th August 2017 at the National Catholic Shrine of Our Lady in Walsingham.

The festival is just 15 minutes drive from the seaside town of Wells-next-the-Sea and two and a half hours from London (via the M11). Look out for the big top!

Anyone between the ages of 16 - 35, or families with...

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Brentwood Youth Services launch virtual Lourdes pilgrimage

More than 200 young people from Brentwood Catholic Youth Service are currently in Lourdes for the Diocesan Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Alan Williams sm. They travelled on a 17 hour journey by coach over the weekend, and will assist disabled and ill pilgrims during their time there this week. They want to share their Lourdes experience with those at home and so are inviting others to take part in ...

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Birmingham: Small Footsteps - interfaith green workshops for kids

Birmingham's faith groups have come together to launch Small Footsteps 2017 - a week of indoor and outdoor hands-on eco workshops for the City's youngsters. Featured on BBC Radio, the unique Small Footsteps initiative for kids from 10 to 15 years starts Monday 31st July at Fircroft College, Selly Oak. Due to generous donations, this exciting opportunity is free - but remaining spaces are limite...

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Parliament celebrates new generation of student leaders

Three Faiths Forum (3FF) - one of the UK’s leading interfaith organisations, is celebrating the achievements of 50 young leaders of different faiths and beliefs graduating from their UN award-winning ParliaMentors programme today. Teams of university students across the country have acted as beacons of activism, hope and inspiration while carrying out social action projects throughout the ye...

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Norwich youth group prepares rucksacks of essentials for asylum seekers

The Youth Group at St John the Baptist’s Cathedral, Norwich, have responded to the refugee crisis both practically and emotionally, by packing rucksacks for asylum seekers arriving in Norwich and by writing messages of hope to refugees at home and abroad.

Along with teenagers in the confirmation group, the youth group collected basic goods and toiletries from parishioners and Notre Dame...

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Brightlights at Alton Castle

The Brightlights Youth Festival opens this evening Friday 23rd June at Alton Castle in Staffordshire - just a stones throw across the Churnet Valley from Alton Towers Theme Park.

Archbishop Bernard Longley and Fr Frankie Mulgrew will be coming this evening to launch the festival. There will be live music with Guvna B, the One Hope Project, Rise Theatre and much more.

For more in...

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Who will you nominate for 2017 Celebrating Young People Awards?

We all know young people making our families, communities and world a better place. We'd like to hear all about them, so that we can share their stores, celebrate their commitment and inspire others. The Awards celebrate those young people living out Catholic social teaching in their lives and communities. This year the Award Ceremony is timed to take place just a few days before Nat...

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Welcoming Students to your Church

Students come from every walk of life, representing a rich tapestry of experiences, cultures, traditions and languages. Many will have questions about student life and culture, or be exploring their identity and role in the world. Many will face significant challenges, from isolation and anxiety, to financial pressures and managing relationships. We also know that the transitio...

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Pope sends greetings to Lake Lednica Polish youth gathering

Pope Francis has greeted young people in Poland gathered for an annual festival at Lake Lednica, where Poland was 'baptized' and became a Christian country in the person of its pagan leader Mieszko in 966.

During his General Audience, Pope Francis asked Mary to guide the Lednica Youth Meeting, which this year carries the motto 'Go forth and love'.

He said when Mary heard this call i...

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Nominations now open for 2017 'Celebrating Young People Awards'

Who are those remarkable young people you know who make our communities and our world a better place? Million Minutes has announced that nominations are now open for the third year of their initiative to celebrate young people.

The 2017 Awards will be presented in central London on 23 November. Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool will be the guest of honour and present one lucky reci...

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London: Spirit in the City recruiting young volunteers now

Spirit in the City Festival is made up of hundreds of friendly, enthusiastic, hard-working people who are ready to serve and have an amazing time, and we are so thankful for each and every one of them! Why not join this fantastic bunch and be on Team in 2017?

Our Team members have a fun time volunteering with us. They get to experience both sides of the event; the side that the public see...

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