Youth & Young Adults


Young Catholics more devout, but more stressed

10,000 young people hold up their mobiles at Flame 2017,  Wembley Arena - image ICN

In advance of Pope Francis' Synod on Youth this autumn, research released today highlights shifting dynamics in the faith and life of Catholic young adults in England and Wales. The results show a decrease in agnosticism and atheism of seven percentage points over an eight year period (from 49% in 2009 to 42% in 2017) and an increase in those attending Mass regularly* of 11 percentage points (f...

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Pope advises young Argentinians to read Gospel every day

In a video message to the Second National Youth Meeting in Rosario, Argentina, which concluded yesterday, Pope Francis invited young people to read the Gospel for at least two minutes a day, and reflected on presence, communion, and mission. Pope Francis asked: "How many of you read the Gospel for two minutes every day?" - and invited young people to carry a small book of the Gospels...

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Join the Million Minutes' Team

Million Minutes is recruiting for an 'Engagement Officer'. We're a young, dynamic organisation working to see that every young person is given a voice and is using it to make a difference in the world. Are you ready to join us? Launched in 2011 with the support of Delia Smith, Margaret Mizen, and Abbot Christopher Jamison our mission is to enable young people to be the di...

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HCPT Easter Pilgrimage 2018 - 'You are special'

Why do we do it? I find myself asking this after my twentieth year spending Easter Week in Lourdes as a helper with HCPT. Mind you, young first-timers were equally exhausted, nodding off on the flight home.

Well for me, its to do with a faith community experience, highlighting the links between love of God and love of neighbour, particularly children who are disabled and disadvantaged. Tr...

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Young people write meditations for Good Friday at Colosseum

The meditations for the 14 Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum were released on Saturday by the Vatican, focusing on the experiences and challenges facing young people today.

This year they have been written by a group of young people coordinated by Professor Andrea Monda.

It was Pope Francis' idea to ask young people to write the meditations, in a year in which th...

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Pope speaks with young people about life choices

Jesus is So Cool - Matching Couples Tattoos - kris krüg from Vancouver, Canada - Wiki image

At a pre-Synodal meeting yesterday, Pope Francis answered questions from an international group of young people. Among the issues raised was modern slavery and prostitution, life choices, new communication technology, tattoos and the role of women religious.

Responding to the question: How can young people help victims of human trafficking? Pope Francis referred to stories he has heard f...

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London: Meeting for young people ahead of Bishops' Synod

In October, bishops from all over the world will meet in Rome with Pope Francis to discuss the topic of 'Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment' In preparation for this important event, the bishops of Westminster would very much like to hear the views of young people at a special meeting on Tuesday, at Queen Mary's University, east London.

Topics will include:

1) What is...

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Tanzania: Young theologian calls for revolutionary reform of Christian mission

Adi Mariana Waqa - Image: Albin Hillert/WCC

"Is our notion of discipleship inclusive of those who exist in the marginal spaces of our world?" asked Adi Mariana Waqa, the keynote speaker of a plenary on the theme of mission from the margins at the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism (CWME). A Roman Catholic student of theology from Fiji, Waqa spoke on behalf of "24 indigenous disciples present at the conference who exist in one fo...

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Pope's Message for World Youth Day 2018

Pope registers for WYD 2019

The Vatican has released Pope Francis' message to young people of the world on the occasion of the 33rd World Youth Day, which will be celebrated at diocesan level on 25 March 2018, Palm Sunday, on the theme: 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God' (Lk 1: 30). The full message follows:

Dear young people,

World Youth Day 2018 represents another step in preparat...

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Pope registers for World Youth Day 2019

Pope Francis registered to be a pilgrim for World Youth Day 2019, on Sunday, the day that registration opened. After praying the Angelus with the crowd of more than 30,000 pilgrims - the Holy Father was joined in the window overlooking St Peter's Square two young people, who brought computer tablet so he could register on the spot.

"We must prepare ourselves! I invite all young people wor...

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Chile: Pope shares 'golden rule' with young people - Ask 'what would Jesus do?'

Pope Francis encouraged young people to use a simple test before acting: "What would Jesus do?" Speaking to a youth gathering yesterday at the Shrine of Maipú in Santiago, Pope Francis said the question, 'What would Christ do in my place?' was the 'golden rule' used by Saint Alberto Hurtado.

One of the young people, Ariel Rojas, welcomed the Holy Father when he arrived, saying: "You have...

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YCW launches consultation on young people and mental health

Young people across England and Wales are being asked their thoughts about the current state of mental health in our country.

The Young Christian Workers - a Catholic charity based in England and Wales - have said that an overwhelming amount of their membership have expressed their deep concerns about the current help available to young people with mental health problems, as well as the s...

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New community for young Catholics in Wimbledon

Three community members

The Jesuits are supporting a group of young Catholics to create a new community in the former international Jesuit students' residence in Wimbledon, southwest London, Jesuits in Britain report.

With the closure of Heythrop College in October 2018, the community houses in London which supported Jesuit scholastics from round the world are being re-purposed as the province consider...

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Columban Young Journalists 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 young people ...

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