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.


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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London: Catechesis sessions online for Catholic Young Adults

London Catholic Young Adults are planning on running catechesis sessions for the group during the coronavirus lockdown. These will be run by a priest over a video call, for 45 minutes on Thursday evenings at 6pm. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. Topics will include Marriage, Understanding the Mass, Eschatology (Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell), Virtues and Gifts of the Spirit, Eu...

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Pope encourages young people to be witnesses of hope

Pope Francis greets the faithful following his Palm Sunday Mass and Angelus and prays for the sick and their families, and all those who self-sacrificingly care for them.

After his Palm Sunday Mass today, Pope Francis prayed the Angelus and then greeted the faithful joining him "through the means of social communication." In particular, he said his thoughts went out to young people all ov...

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Climate Crisis: Hope Beyond Scapegoating - young adults day

Climate Crisis - Hope Beyond Scapegoating - Understanding the environmental crisis through the lens of René Girard.

Dr Michael Kirwan SJ from the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, will be facilitating this event for young adults (18-35) on Saturday, 7 March from 11am to 5pm, at the Laudato Si' Community, 4 Windmill Drive, Clapham Common, London SW4 9DE. (Vegetarian lunch include...

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Catholic Young Adults to attend Maronite Rite Mass + Lebanese Lunch

Lunch at Maroush

London Catholic Young Adults will be attending the Maronite Rite Mass at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, 17 Cirencester Street, London W2 5SR, on Sunday, 23rd February 2020 at 12.30pm.

After Mass they will take a short bus ride to Edgware Road for a traditional Lebanese lunch at Maroush, 21 Edgware Road, Tyburnia, London W2 2JE) at 2.30pm. The purpose of this group is to help youn...

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Million Minutes 2020 Lent initiative - siLENT

Million Minutes - a Catholic social action charity - stands up for young people who don't have a voice in society, and helps them to transform their lives and their world by giving them a voice. We know that young people are the future and we have faith in them that they will work for the common good, in order to help everyone live a life of dignity.

This year we have launched the 2020 Le...

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Leeds Trinity University to host annual retreat for young people

Youth 2000 team

Leeds Trinity University will welcome young Catholics from across the UK as part of an annual religious event.

On Friday 21 February 2020, the University will host the Leeds Retreat for the fourth year running, in partnership with Youth 2000, an international movement which seeks to connect young people of Catholic faith.

The three-day retreat brings together young people aged 16-35...

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Columban Competition for young people: Tackling our Throwaway Culture

For the past few years the Columban Missionary Society has run a Schools Journalism Competition for Britain, and one for Ireland. It has encouraged students between the ages of 15 and 18 to use their journalistic writing and mobile skills to look at a topical issue which is relevant to Catholic Social Teaching and resonates with Columban mission.

This year the Columbans have invited stude...

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