Youth & Young Adults

News from around the world by national and local youth groups such as CYMFED & YCW. It also contains reports on events, activities and resources for young people, often written by young people.

Preparing the Future: How young people can answer the Pope's call

'Many people want to return to normality…Today we have an opportunity to build something different.' Pope Francis, General Audience, 19th August 2020

Million Minutes, working with a group of youth ministers and youth workers across England and Wales, has put together a new twelve-unit resource which provides a guide to empower young people to process their Covid-19 experiences ...

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Happy 30th Birthday Youth 2000! + VIDEO

Young people at the Walsingham festival

Youth 2000 is urging Catholics across the UK to share their stories of how it has helped them, as it prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary over the August bank holiday (29th-31st August).

Over the past three decades, Youth 2000 has hosted hundreds of retreats, drawing tens of thousands of young people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and inspiring hundreds of vocations to priest...

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Valuing our Youth

Leela M Ramdeen

On Wednesday 12 August the world will observe the UN's International Youth Day (IYD) on the theme: "Youth Engagement for Global Action". The theme seeks "to highlight the ways in which the engagement of young people at the local, national and global levels is enriching national and multilateral institutions and processes, as well as draw lessons on how their representation and engagement in for...

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Salford: Celebrating young people on International Youth Day

On Wednesday 12th August, we celebrate International Youth Day. Pope Francis once spoke directly to young people: "Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things."

In Catholic schools and youth groups around the diocese of Salford, young people have been doing just this: dreaming of great things and showing...

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Hopes for the Church after lockdown: Video from a Younger Generation

In a new video, put together by Forming Missionary Disciples, young adults share their hopes for the Church after lockdown, recognising Pope Francis' call to contribute their gifts and energies to the Church.

One shared their hope for a church that "isn't afraid of dialogue, a Church which isn't afraid to be challenged, to learn, to adapt and to grow."

Since the start of lockdown ma...

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RENATE Anti-Trafficking Short Film Competition

For the first time, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) in London will mark European anti-Human Trafficking Day, 18 October, by hosting a festival of films about trafficking and the moves to combat what Pope Francis has described as a 'crime against humanity'. It is organised by RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation).

As part of the fe...

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Covid-19: Vatican launches #sendyourhug campaign for elderly

During the Angelus on Sunday, invited young people around the world to perform "gestures of tenderness" toward the elderly, as many are forced into isolation to observe Covid-19 health guidelines.

The Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has quickly answered that call and launched 'The elderly are your grandparents' campaign.

In a statement released on Monday, the Dicaste...

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Brentwood: Young people plan 18 hour Lourdes Challenge

BCYS in Lourdes last year

After their summer pilgrimage was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, a creative group of young people from the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service (BCYS) instead decided to organise a tremendous charity challenge. For 18 hours - the same time it would have taken them to travel by coach to Lourdes - they will be baking, cooking, walking and doing various sporting challenges, all to raise mo...

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Young equality campaigners receive national recognition

Young campaigners Preston Stevens and Angel Nields,  with their winning message

Fourteen-year-old Preston Stevens and sixteen-year-old Angel Nields, from St John the Baptist RC Parish in Tamworth, have been honoured for their work in instrumenting a virtual equality protest. Their idea was simple, and they inspired individuals of all ages to send a message of equality which were then shared on social media. The #EqualTamworth hashtag was created to encourage others to do t...

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Author invites children to join creative project for CAFOD

Frank Cottrell-Boyce

The award-winning Catholic author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, is supporting CAFOD's Summer of Hope campaign with a special creative project for young people.

Children are being invited to say just in one word, or one sentence, what has given them hope in the last few months since the Covid-19 lockdown began. It might be an object, an activity, a person, a phrase, or an idea.

Frank will be...

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Invitation to take part in a new process exploring youth accompaniment

Million Minutes is launching a new process to explore how the Church can better accompany young people. Responding to Pope Francis call for 'a Church capable of walking at people's sides' they want to learn from what's already happening. They then plan to invite people to collaborate together to explore the learning, and to develop approaches and resources to support people in, what Pope Franci...

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Million Minutes appoints first director

Daisy Srblin

Catholic youth charity Million Minutes has announced the appointment of its first full time Director. Daisy Srblin, currently Senior UK Advocacy Adviser at Christian Aid will take up the role over the summer.

Million Minutes, founded in 2011, supports young people to transform their lives and society inspired by Catholic social teaching.

The charity has reached tens of thousands of ...

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Pope sends message to Polish young people, on centenary of St John Paul II

Pope John Paul II 1985

In a video message sent on Monday, Pope Francis urged the young people of Poland - and youth around the world - to let Christ enter every aspect of their lives. His message came on the evening of 18 May, which marks 100 years since the birth of Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope Saint John Paul II.

"Saint John Paul II was a gift of God to the Church and to Poland, your motherland. His earthly...

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Leeds: SPARK of hope online for young people

CAFOD has joined a number of organisations and charities from the Diocese of Leeds in coming together during this period of lockdown to help the local project SPARK to provide a series of online videos encouraging young people to become active in social justice causes.

In 2019, the Diocese's Justice and Peace Commission, a group which has been active in the area for over 45 years, launche...

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