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.

Pope Francis: 'We begin to die when we forget about death'

In a video message sent on Thursday to participants in the 4th World Meeting of Young People, held in Mexico City, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of death, saying the question is really about life.

The gathering ended on Thursday, Halloween, just ahead of the Feast of All Saints on Friday and the Feast of All Souls on Saturday, known in Mexico as Día de los Muertos (Day of the ...

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Portsmouth: Young Catholics inspired by leadership training

More than 40 young Catholics from across the Portsmouth Diocese came together for their first leadership training day at St Joseph's College, Reading - and are now excited to act for global communities.

The year-long course, offered to those in their first year of sixth form, has been running for over half a decade and inspired a generation to raise awareness and fundraise for communities...

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Multi-faith children's summer camp in Borehamwood

Camp Unity group picture

A Borehamwood-based organisation, Camp Unity, is providing children and their families with opportunities to meet other cultures and foster friendships, leading to greater community cohesion and the celebration of diversity. The camp is from Monday 26th - Friday 30th August this year.

The multi-faith Camp Unity is being run by the combined goodwill and volunteer efforts of five faith orga...

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Catholic youth campaigners represent UK at international event

CAFOD climate campaigners - image Liam Finn

Four young Catholic campaigners have been chosen to represent the UK at an international relations workshop, which hopes to lead to better cultural understanding.

In recognition of their commitment to campaigning and efforts to raise social justice issues in their local communities, youth workers Anna O'Leary, 19, and Francis Hillen, 22, and students Efua Pokoo, 19, and Joshua Nichol, ...

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Opportunity to join Sycamore

Sycamore is a new Catholic course created to introduce people to Christianity. It's a 10 part video series, intended to run over 10 weeks, one evening per week. The organisers are looking for some Catholic young adults to help run the course, attend the course to give feedback or invite people who might want to know more about Christianity.

If you're interested in getting invo...

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YCW leaders focus on future of work

England & Wales YCW L-R Mgr John Marsland, Ben Sinclair, Callum Walker, Sean Smith,  and YCW President Marc Besford

Young people from the European Young Christian Workers (YCW) national movements of Portugal, Spain, Catalonia, France, Italy, England and Wales have gathered together in Porto, Portugal in order to discuss 'The Future of Work'. This YCW leaders conference, took place between 25th-29th July 2019 and was attended by members of the International Secretariat of the International Coordination of the...

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YCW welcomes new president

Marc meets Pope Francis

The Young Christian Workers has officially welcomed its new President, Marc Besford, this week. This follows his unanimous election at the 80th National Council of the YCW held back in March 2019.

Marc has been a member of the National Team for the nearly three years and the paid worker for the last two years, following his time leading activity in his parish up in Billingham. The Preside...

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Cardinal welcomes emergence of the 'Laudato Si' generation

Laudato Si parade at World Youth Day

Young people's intensified demand for climate action is a sign of hope during the planet's ecological crisis, says Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican-based Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

"There are so many signs of hope; God is raising up people around the world to come together to care for our common home; I am happy to note the role of young people in this ...

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Ship visitor among those honoured at Celebrating Young People Awards 2019

Cardinal Nichols and Hannah Forrest. Credit: Anthony Kelly

A young volunteer ship visitor and a group of urban gardeners were just two of the winners at this year's Celebrating Young People Awards, which were announced at a glittering ceremony in Central London on 3 July. The awards - now in their fourth year - were organised by Million Minutes. Hundreds of young people were nominated in six categories, each celebrating a different aspect of Catholic S...

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CAFOD gap year volunteers celebrate ten years service worldwide

image: Jean De Silva / CAFOD

Volunteers from every year of CAFOD's gap year programme came together at the charity's headquarters in London to celebrate ten years of the scheme last Tuesday.

The Step into the Gap programme, which first began in 2009, involves young volunteers living and working in a UK community for a year and visiting a CAFOD project overseas, where they witness first-hand the impact donations from ...

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Religious relish chance to listen to young people at WYD @ Home

Listening Hub team

Religious from several congregations joined forces to be a presence at a large gathering of young people for a weekend festival over Pentecost at Alton Castle in Staffordshire. The youth event was entitled : 'World Youth Day @ Home.' In the words of the organisers: "Many of us were keen to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to World Youth Day in Panama this year, but for many of us from the ...

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Ireland: Emma Tobin on faith experience of young people in the digital world

Emma Tobin

When I started secondary school, if you didn't have Facebook, you may as well not have existed. If you didn't have Facebook, nobody could tag you in anything, no one could like your posts or, perhaps most importantly, your profile pictures. The number of likes you could rack up on a picture of yourself was a real mark of your influence and general relevance within the social hierarchy.


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Spirit in the City 2019

The Spirit in the City festival is coming the heart of London on Friday 31 May and Saturday, 1 June.

Based in Leicester Square Gardens, the theme this year is 'Life to the Full'. There will be live music from One Hope Project, Oompah Brass, Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir, Guvna B and Noel Robinson, stalls, Q&A sessions, workshops, a prayer space and many more activities.

"It is an ...

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Booking now: Compass Summer Discernment School

Wiki Image: Hansueli Krapf

Monday 22nd - Friday 26th July 2019

A Catholic Summer School for discerning Young Adults searching for…

~ a way to live faith fully ~ a way to live life courageously ~ their true path among the many ~ a way to live joyfully ~ God in their lives

The COMPASS Group invites anyone 18 - 35 years of age to join in this Discernment School that will try and explo...

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