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.

East Anglia: Young pilgrims set out for WYD Panama

WYD pilgrims with Bishop Alan - image Keith Morris

A group of young people from the Diocese of East Anglia will today be joining Pope Francis and up to half-a-million other young pilgrims at World Youth Day (WYD) in Panama at the end of January (22-27). As well as a handful of young people, the East Anglia group will also include two very special members.

Fr Michael Johnstone (aged 85) from Norwich, who has attended eight previous WYDs si...

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Booking now: Brightlights festival

The Brightlights Team write: Summer might seem like a long way off just now, but it will be here faster than you know it… and the team that brought you the Brightlights festival in the past have exciting news about Pentecost Weekend in June!7th - 9th June 2019 Many of us were keen to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to World Youth Day in Panama at the end of...

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London band pens 2019 World Youth Youth Day anthem

On the eve of the largest global youth gathering on the planet, held this year in Panama, London band Ooberfuse release a new composition inspired by the World Youth Day's headline theme "I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38). The band will be representing the UK at the festival later this month which will host youth from across the glo...

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Epiphany youth celebration lights up skies near Norwich

image by Keith Morris

A youth celebration of Epiphany lit up the skies at Poringland near Norwich on Sunday evening (January 6) when around 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 annual Epiphany Candlelight Mass took place at the church of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Poringland, organised by the Igni...

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Next Taizé European meeting to be held in Poland

In Madrid, where the 41st annual European meeting hosted by the community of Taizé is bringing together 15,000 young people from across the continent, the Prior of Taizé, Brother Alois, announced that the next European youth meeting will take place in Poland, in the city of Wrocław , from December 28, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

The Primate of the Polish bishops, Mgr Wojciech Polak, Archb...

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Columbans launch young media journalists competition

2018 winners 2018 on topic 'Migrants are our neighbours' - photo Sophie Stanes

Columban missionaries are urging young people to join in global action on climate change through its young journalists' competition. The call links in to the COP24 climate conference in Poland, which the Columbans hope "will result in meaningful policy and action that brings the urgent change needed to set the world on a path to climate healing and justice for all".

Students aged 15-18 in...

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Zimbabwe: Young Catholics hold 'Deo Gratias' concert

An exuberant show of youthful energy and talent

A gratitude musical concert to say 'Thanks be to God!' was the inaugural Deo Gratias Concert held recently at the Arrupe Jesuit University in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Concert was hosted by Young Zimbabwean Catholics in the Ignite Youth Choir working under the auspices of the Jesuit Youth Ministry.

Members of the choir are drawn from various parishes and from Magis Zimbabwe Network.


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Philippines: Church announces 'Year of Youth'

The Church in the Philippines inaugurated the Year of Youth on the Solemnity of Christ the King, and announced the National Youth Day 2019. The Episcopal Conference has officially announced that 2019 will be the Year of Youth which will end on November 24, 2019, as part of the "nine-year journey for New Evangelization", in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in ...

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YCW 'MIND! the Gap' campaign - National Action

Over the past year, the Young Christian Workers (YCW) has been running a national campaign called "MIND! The Gap", which focuses on young people and mental health. The YCW gathered comments from over 1000 young people across England and Wales and have been using this feedback to develop new initiatives in schools, parishes and workplaces to help raise awareness about this important issue.

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View from South Africa: Synod on Youth

Not much has been reported in South Africa on the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. This could be due to the fact that there is still no official English translation of the 60-page final document (a real bone of contention for those who feel that despite the fact that this gathering was branded "universal and diverse", non-Italian speakers were simply exclu...

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Youth charity picks up challenge of Youth Synod

The Synod on youth, which came to a close in Rome at the weekend, has called on the whole Church to accompany young people, including those who are most vulnerable in life. The Synod Bishops concluded with a message to young people declaring that the Church "does not abandon you" and "is ready to accompany you on new roads".

In its final document the Bishops called on the Church to value ...

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Westminster: Cardinal discusses Synod with young people

On Tuesday, 30 October, Cardinal Vincent Nichols hosted young people of the diocese at Archbishop's House to reflect on the recent Synod on youth, faith and vocational discernment.

Cardinal Vincent began by explaining the mechanics of a Synod, how long it was, how many people were there and gave a brief explanation of how the days worked. He mentioned that a summary document had been prod...

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Pope Francis: Homily at Synod Closing Mass

Pope Francis preached at the Closing Mass of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Young People on Sunday. The Holy Father focused his homily on the Gospel saying that Jesus models a person who listens, is a neighbour and bears witness.

Jesus models to his disciples three "fundamental steps on the journey of faith", Pope Francis said, reflecting on the Gospel story o...

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Synod on Young People - final document summary

On Saturday afternoon, the Final Document of the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops consisting of three parts, 12 chapters, 167 paragraphs and 60 pages is approved in the Synod Hall. The text was received with applause, Cardinal da Rocha said. It is "the result of real teamwork" on the part of the Synod Fathers, together with other Synod participants and "the young ...

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