Youth & Young Adults


Ireland: New report sheds light on faith of young adults

A groundbreaking new report, commissioned by the US evangelical Christ in Youth and conducted by the ecumenical US-based Barna Group, sheds light on the faith of young people and young adults in the Republic of Ireland and the nation's transforming religious identity. 'Finding Faith in Ireland' – based on studies of nearly 1,000 teenagers, young adults and youth leaders – examines how young...

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National Celebration of YCW in England & Wales

The Young Christian Workers (YCW) will be celebrating their 80th year in England and Wales on 18th November 2017 from 4pm, with a Mass celebrated by the Rt Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford at the Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist in Salford, followed by a celebration in the Cathedral Assembly Room.

In England and Wales, the first YCW group was founded in Wigan in 1937, with Fat...

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Last chance to nominate someone for Celebrating Young People Awards

Cardinal Vincent with award winners from St Gregory's

Have you nominated someone for the Celebrating Young People Awards 2017? The closing date is this Friday, 13 October. Do you know a young person promoting peace, or bringing people together across cultures or faiths? Recognise them by nominating them for the Jimmy Mizen Award. Or that young person, perhaps a home carer, upholding the dignity of others. Nominate them for t...

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Have you nominated someone for 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 there is still time to nominate for the third year of their initiative to celebrate young people. The deadline for nominations is 13 October. The 2017 Awards will be presented in central London on 23 November, just a few days before National Youth S...

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Pope invites young people to pre-synodal meeting

Pope Francis announced today that from 19 to 24 March 2018, the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops will convene a pre-synodal meeting, inviting young people from different parts of the world, both young Catholics and young people from different Christian denominations and other religions, as well as non-believers.

Speaking towards the end of the General Audience with pilgrims in...

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Student Christian Movement launches Green Challenges

Image: ICN/JS

The SCM Green Challenge is a campaign to get students and SCM supporters to explore their personal impact on the planet. There will be points for completing different challenges and a leaderboard of the top three competitors each month. Everyone who enters will be given their total score each month by email, so they can know how far off the leaderboard they are. Every month will have a 'Stage W...

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Young Londoner addresses Vatican seminar

Sarah Burrows

A young woman from Herne Hill, south London has presented her ideas at a Vatican seminar on young people. Sarah Burrows, aged 26, was invited to attend the international seminar in preparation for a 2018 Synod - on ‘Youth, faith and vocational discernment’. The Synod, established as an annual event by Pope Paul VI in 1965, is an assembly of bishops from around the world who ass...

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Columbans launch Young Journalist competition

The Missionary Society of St Columban is inviting young people to enter a journalism competition, an initiative to mark their centenary. Students aged 15-18, who are budding journalists, are asked to write an article or make a video report that informs, challenges and raises important issues on the topic: ‘MIGRANTS ARE OUR NEIGHBOURS’. Teachers and parents are asked to alert youn...

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London: Football tournament for Mary's Meals

This Saturday, 23 September, Catholic Young Adults are hosting a five-a-side football tournament and barbecue in aid of Mary's Meals in Shepherd's Bush.

Mary's Meals is a fantastic charity that provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.

Football players and supporters are welcome! There's a well priced bar at the venue too.

If you'...

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Shrewsbury: Bishop announces launch of Youth Mission Team

Bishop Mark Davies has announced the launch of a Youth Mission Team for the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

In a pastoral letter read out in the churches and chapels of the Diocese, the Bishop reminded the faithful that the Christian witness of young people is a “gift needed by the whole Church and the whole world”.

But he said that it was necessary for the Church to support young people...

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Zimbabwe: Over 3000 attend youth congress

More than 3,000 young people took part in the second National Catholic Youth Congress from 17 - 20 August at Kutama College in Chinhoyi Diocese.

Addressing the crowd, Bishop Xavier Munyongani, responsible for Zimbabwe’s National Catholic Youth Council expressed his joy at seeing such a large number of young people and stressed his hope for a better church tomorrow. He encouraged them to...

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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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